No respite for struggling Howe Bridge as
LANCASHIRE AMATEUR PREMIER DIVISION ROSSENDALE FC ............ 5 HOWE BRIDGE MILLS.... 0 JONATHAN HEAP ROSSENDALE stretched their unbeaten league run to six wins from six games on Saturday with a comprehensive victory over bottom of the league Howe Bridge Mills.
Yet again conditions were tough due to the bad weather, a regular feature at the minute.
Howe Bridge started the game quite brightly, looking to pressure the Rossendale backline with some high balls upto the forward line.
After a five minute spell though Rossendale began to get a foothold in the game, in particular the midfield three of Stephen Claxon, Craig Watts and Will Foster looking very comfortable and working well together as a unit.
On nine minutes the deadlock was broken when Watts headed home a Luke Simpson cross from the left hand side into the top corner.
The goal spurred Rossendale on and Howe bridge seemed to chuck the towel in after their early huffing and puffing with The Stags looking particularly dangerous on set pieces.
On 15 minutes a corner was whipped in by Watts and met at the back post by right back Eddie Holden who struck home for his first goal of the season and doubled the home side’s lead.
Next to score was Simpson; who following an early glut of goals this season had found himself a bit shot shy in front of goal.
He got on the score sheet in the 23rd minute when the injury prone Michael Robinson, making a rare start, rattled the post with a bullet shot following good work inside the box by him and there was Simpson to tap home the rebound.
As half time approached Paul Hooper put the game out of reach with a strike from 25 yards that the keeper just couldn’t stop.
The way things were looking this could have ended up being a cricket score!
As it was, in the second half the home side added only one more goal to their total when Hooper grabbed his second of the game following a cross from Foster that he turned into the net.
Howe Bridge did try to make a fist of the match in the second half, but found Claxon and Watts in midfield impenetrable. Claxon was everywhere breaking up play and starting attacks, with Watts