Dale young­sters step up to plate

Rochdale Observer - - FAITH NEWS SCHOOL NEWS - GLOSSOP ........................ 19 ROCHDALE ..................... 29 DAVID RHODES

ON a sunny but breezy day at Har­gate Hill, Dale fielded sev­eral young play­ers and they came up trumps with a much im­proved dis­play lead­ing to a win on the road.

Coach Danny Collins used his young re­place­ments in the pack, ably sup­ported by Tom Hel­li­well and Gui DeSousa in the sec­ond row.

Dale started well, at­tack­ing up the slope with cap­tain Dom Ser­ridge kick­ing into the Glossop 22. The line out that fol­lowed was lost by the vis­i­tors – the first of many – the ball was forced into touch by the home side and this time Dale won the li­ne­out only to lose the ball in the mid­field.

The Glossop scrum half Son­czak jinked through the Dale de­fence and passed wide for the winger to score, de­spite a tackle by Blair Henry. The con­ver­sion left it 7-0.

Dale were forced to de­fend against the feisty Glossop pack, led by loose for­ward Stan­ley with Ross Hart­ley tack­ling well.

Scrum half Travis Townsend was mak­ing breaks and set­ting a great ex­am­ple to the younger lads with his tena­cious tack­ling.

A series of penal­ties lead­ing to lost line outs frus­trated the Dale bench with only Hart­ley tak­ing one long throw. He pushed into the home side’s 22 and with young flanker Bel­tus Non­leh mak­ing good drives, Glossop were forced to con­cede a penalty un­der the posts which was con­verted, 7-3 af­ter 15 min­utes.

On the half hour, coach Danny Collins brought him­self on to pep up the at­tack. This worked when Glossop were pe­nalised for a high tackle on Dom Mack­lin as he went over in the cor­ner.

From the scrum, prop Dale Sla­mon went over for a well de­served try, duly con­verted by Ol­lie Cold­man to make it 7-10 with 35 min­utes gone.

The next ma­jor event was a yel­low card for the Glossop No 7 which helped Dale in the cen­tre with Townsend, Ser­ridge and Mack­lin all mak­ing good breaks.

One fine pass­ing move found Blair Henry, who beat the full back only to be bun­dled into touch just short of the line.

A scrum taken against the head by Dale saw Collins break for the line.

Glossop were pe­nalised for hold­ing up play, the tap and go by Townsend led to three good passes and the fly­ing Jimmy Fl­itcroft pow­ered over for a great try. The con­ver­sion was just wide, so 7-15 with half time ap­proach­ing.

The sec­ond half started with Dale hav­ing to de­fend deep and hold a de­ter­mined Glossop pack but again ill-dis­ci­pline led to a sec­ond yel­low card for the home side.

The game swung back to Dale and, de­spite los­ing sev­eral line outs, good pres­sure led to a series of penal­ties and an­other yel­low card for Glossop. A good take and drive by the pack saw Collins crash over the last de­fend­ers to score 20-7.

Collins then went off and Chris Hodgkin­son came on and was soon in the ac­tion.

Cold­man kicked deep and he col­lected the re­turn then beat two de­fend­ers and passed short in­side to Hodgkin­son who crossed the line and Cold­man con­verted to make it 7-27.

With 10 min­utes left and Glossop back to 14 men the pres­sure on the Dale line grew and de­spite great tack­les by new boy Jack Green and the ever de­pend­able Hart­ley, Glossop were back in the game when the cen­tre Gaskell made a nice break in the Dale 22 and scored un­der the posts for a con­verted try 14-27.

With the hosts look­ing for at least a los­ing bonus point they pressed with a series of scrums on the Dale line, a yel­low card adding to their trou­bles.

The vis­i­tors con­ceded with min­utes to go, 19-27, not quite enough for the Glossop bonus point but Dale get­ting all five much needed points.

A good con­test and a flow­ing game of rugby in front of a big crowd a blank week­end next week but Dale are back in win­ning ways .

Ben Coul­tier mak­ing a break for­ward

Ac­tion from Rochdale’s clash against Glossop at the week­end

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