Hornets lay down the Law over rivals in friendly clash
ROCHDALE have recaptured the Law Cup following an 18-12 victory over Oldham at the Crown Oil Arena.
Roughyeds had won five of the previous six versions of the pre-season friendly clash, which was first staged in 1921.
But it was Matt Calland’s recentlyrelegated Hornets that started the stronger, despite the fact their 20-man matchday squad included six trialists.
They opened the scoring when Lewis Sheridan finished off a set that began with a smart break by winger Shaun Ainscough.
And two tries in five minutes just before half-time put Rochdale well in control of the fixture. Fullback Sam
Freeman got the first and that score was quickly followed by one from Andy Lea, the former Thatto Heath man capitalising, on great hands from Seta Tala and Callum Marriott to take Hornets out to a 14-0 lead at half-time.
Matt Diskin’s side finally got on the board when halfback Dave Hewitt crossed for the visitors after the break.
Dan Abram slotted the conversion and soon after crossed for a try of his own, which he also converted, cutting Roughyeds’ deficit to just two points.
But Rochdale produced the decisive moment - Luke Fowden charging over for the try that extended the home team’s lead to six points, a gap that proved too large for Oldham to overhaul as both sides exchanged handling errors in the final 10 minutes.