Dale taken to replay after goalless draw with Boston
ROCHDALE were held to a goalless draw by National League North outfit Boston United in the FA Cup second round tie at the Crown Oil Arena.
The Pilgrims, 64 league places below Dale, were good value for a replay, having bossed long periods of the game, denying the home side time and space to impose their gameplan.
Having been second best for much of the opening period, Dale did have the ball in the net two minutes before the interval when Callum Camps’ shot struck the post and Ian Henderson converted the rebound only to be flagged offside.
Boston maintained their superiority in the second half until Dale mounted a late period of pressure, Rhys Norrington-Davies seeing a 30-yard drive pushed over the top by Peter Crook in the Boston goal.
Crook also saved Ollie Rathbone’s piledriver, Henderson heading the rebound over the top as Boston held out to secure a replay at York Street.
“They had a real go at us, which I expected them to do, but we didn’t match their intensity levels for long enough to allow ourselves to impose our gameplan on them,” said Dale boss Brian Barry-Murphy.
“We had spells of possession but we had no real penetration.
“We have managed to stay in the cup tie and we had some chances towards the end which will allow us to go into the replay with some excitement.
“It looks a difficult fixture on paper and it will be, but it’s one we feel we can approach in a confident manner.”