Hor­nets lay down the Law over ri­vals in friendly clash

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By TOM BRAMWELL

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.

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