Dale taken to re­play af­ter goal­less draw with Bos­ton

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By RICHARD PARTINGTON

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.”

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