An­drew grabs a point at ‘Pool

Middleton Guardian - - LEISURE -

SKY BET LEAGUE ONE BLACK­POOL ..................... 2 ROCHDALE ....................... 2

CALVIN An­drew’s equaliser three min­utes from time earned Dale a 2-2 draw against Black­pool at Bloom­field Road.

The hosts took the lead five min­utes in through Jor­dan Thomp­son, be­fore Ryan De­laney equalised three min­utes later.

Cur­tis Tilt put the Seasiders back in front shortly be­fore the half hour mark, and it looked like time was go­ing to run out for Dale be­fore An­drew, on as a sub­sti­tute five min­utes ear­lier, nod­ded home the lev­eller.

Keith Hill made two changes to his start­ing eleven, as Josh Lil­lis and Zach Clough both re­turned to the start­ing line-up.

Dale were be­hind in­side five min­utes, when Thomp­son nod­ded home Marc Bola’s cross from the left at the near post be­yond Lil­lis.

How­ever, Dale got them­selves back on level terms just three min­utes later. De­laney met Brad­den Inman’s cor­ner at the near post and pow­ered a right foot volley into the top cor­ner.

De­laney al­most found the net again two min­utes later, when Inman’s cor­ner looped back up off Sam Hart, who was be­ing held at the near post. De­laney stole in but sent his stoop­ing header wide.

Clough saw a free-kick held, but the hosts got them­selves back in front just be­fore the half hour mark, when Tilt rose high­est at the back post to nod home a cor­ner, which crossed the line de­spite the best ef­forts of a Dale de­fender who had hooked the ball away.

Af­ter the break, both Nathan Delfouneso and Ben Heneghan had head­ers off tar­get for the hosts, be­fore Hill made a dou­ble sub­sti­tu­tion, in­tro­duc­ing Jor­dan Wil­liams and Andy Can­non for Clough and MJ Wil­liams.

Can­non was in­volved straight away, link­ing with Rath­bone and Inman, the lat­ter re­turn­ing the for­mer’s pass, but Rath­bone’s shot was well blocked in­side the area.

With eight min­utes re­main­ing Hill brought on An­drew with his fi­nal sub, and just five min­utes later the striker had equalised.

Wil­liams set the ball back to Rafferty on the right who crossed first time to the back post, where An­drew’s div­ing header found the far bot­tom cor­ner to earn Dale a point.

Inman, who started as part of a front three with Ian Hen­der­son and Clough, said: “We didn’t start well, con­ced­ing early on, but I felt for the ma­jor­ity of the first half and into the sec­ond half we de­served at least a point, if not the win.

“I felt we had wave af­ter wave of at­tacks where theirs came on a counter and a cross, so it’s a bit frus­trat­ing for us.

“We did well but we know in games like this we can­not switch off. With each game we are push­ing on and hope­fully we can turn these draws into wins.”

Zin­zan Brooke train­ing Rochdale RUFC’s un­der 14s

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