At Rochdale

Middleton Guardian - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

The re­turn­ing Jamie Allen was close to a goal just be­fore the in­ter­val when he met Fraser’s pull back with a fierce drive from the edge of the area beaten away by Lil­lis.

The Dale stop­per was called into ac­tion in the open­ing min­utes of the se­cond pe­riod to keep out Akins’ low drive.

But Dale started to give home sup­port­ers some- thing to cheer as they upped their game and pressed the vis­i­tors back. Camps forced the ball through a gap for Inman to blast at goal, Collins palm­ing his ef­fort away and the home side went closer still on 55 min­utes when Gil­lam’s shot took a de­flec­tion, beat­ing Collins but fly­ing into the side net­ting. An­other chance, for Hen­der­son, 12 yards out, fol­lowed a sim­i­lar path wide.

MJ Wil­liams had the ball in the net fol­low­ing a free-kick on the left by Inman but the de­fender’s ef­fort was ruled out for a foul.

Hen­der­son was a whisker away when his run to­wards the Bur­ton box ended with a swerv­ing shot inches over the cross­bar.

The home side had de­served a foothold in the game but were dealt a cruel sucker punch in the 78th minute when Fraser won the ball in mid­field and fed My­er­sHar­ness and he held off his marker be­fore slip­ping a neat an­gled pass to sub Liam Boyce, who eased the ball wide of Lil­lis and into the bot­tom cor­ner of the goal.

And My­ers-Har­ness com­pleted the scor­ing when he ri­fled home a left-footed shot in the 86th minute.

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