Pack­ing a punch at Pow­nall Park

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●● Phil Mills scored a first-half hat-trick as Rossendale notched up their first away win of the sea­son at Wilm­slow on Satur­day NORTH PRE­MIER WILM­SLOW .................... 26 ROSSENDALE................. 55 GE­OFF LIGHT­FOOT

ANINE-TRY ex­trav­a­ganza brought Rossendale max­i­mum points af­ter beat­ing Wilm­slow 26-55 at Pow­nall Park.

The vis­i­tors went into the clash hav­ing failed to win away from their Marl Pits home since the cam­paign kicked off in Septem­ber.

But there was no sign of a lack of con­fi­dence among Mark Nel­son’s men as they sped out of the traps and never looked in dan­ger of let­ting the points slip away.

The Rossendale coach was dis­ap­pointed with a loss of fo­cus to­wards the end of the games, though by then it was over as a con­test.

Play­ing some of their best rugby so far this sea­son, the East Lan­cashire side had the game wrapped up and the bonus point safely tucked away by half time.

A pick up of a loose ball brought the open­ing try for Phil Mills with a pick up by Lewis Allen on half way send­ing Jor­dan Lord through on the break and with Jack Ward up in sup­port the cen­tre went in for the sec­ond.

The third again fell to Mills, latch­ing on to a pin point cross kick from Allen.

And it was Mills who brought up the bonus point and his hat-trick af­ter Nick Flynn and Harry Mould­ing had cre­ated the op­por­tu­nity, all four con­verted by Allen.

In the lat­ter stages of the half as Rossendale be­gan to ease up, Wilm­slow went over for two tries, the con­ver­sion of the sec­ond af­ford­ing the vis­i­tors a 12-28 lead at the in­ter­val.

In the sec­ond pe­riod solid for­ward play from half way and fol­low­ing a kick to the cor­ner by Allen, Cur­tis Strong added the fifth.

Slick han­dling be­tween Mould­ing, Flynn and Mills got Ge­orge Peel over with Allen rack­ing up the sev­enth, cap­i­tal­is­ing on swift hands on the back of a scrum penalty, the out­side half also tag­ging on the con­ver­sion.

Wilm­slow, who re­fused to give up, went over for a con­verted try be­fore a missed pass from James Bramhall put Strong in for his sec­ond.

Don No­nanye took the ball straight from the restart and, with Allen pro­vid­ing the link, Jake Fos­ter made it nine.

With time run­ning out Wilm­slow man­aged a fourth try and a de­served bonus point.

Paul Kil­shaw

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