Kil­shaw pulls off Great Es­cape

Middleton Guardian - - SPORT -

ALAN Kil­shaw’s fi­nal act as Rochdale Hornets coach was to se­cure Cham­pi­onship rugby for the club in 2019.

Hornets’ Great Es­cape was com­pleted on Sun­day when they beat Sh­effield Ea­gles 32-22 while Swin­ton Li­ons went down at Bat­ley.

“It’s been a strange year, an up and down year but to leave the club in the Cham­pi­onship, to get that high af­ter so many lows, I’m very proud of the team,” said Kil­shaw.

“It was a tough ef­fort. Every­one to a man put it in on the day. We make it hard at times but once we got into the lead we were never be­hind.

“We’d spo­ken all week about find­ing a way to win and we did that.

“The lads de­serve it, they have been through the ringer this year. We had three games in a row where we had Lon­don, Toulouse and Feather­stone and we shipped a lot of points and every­one wrote us off.

“There was a lot of neg­a­tiv­ity around.

“But the lads have been con­sis­tent, we have not been get­ting bat­tered ev­ery week and we showed that in the Shield.

“I think we could have picked up more wins in the Shield, we’ve been un­lucky here and there, but we’ve done enough, win­ning the last two games and the record books will show that we are stay­ing up.”

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