Im­prove­ment in firsts de­feat


ROCHDALE trav­elled to Liver­pool John Moores Univer­sity on the back of a heavy de­feat against South Lakes.

The vis­i­tors started well, their pass­ing in the first 20 min­utes was ex­cel­lent. De­spite this, Liver­pool scored first from a short cor­ner.

This spurred on Rochdale, who pushed for an equaliser with Barry Gum­b­ley com­ing clos­est, but fir­ing a shot just wide.

Un­for­tu­nately Liver­pool scored again from a short cor­ner. Danny Bowe had done well to keep out the first shot, but was help­less with the re­bound.

Once Rochdale again pushed on with Michael Wad­di­cor driv­ing at the Liver­pool de­fence.

The break­through came with Mark Eden push­ing up from the back, beat­ing the full­back be­fore cross­ing for Adam Massey to fin­ish past the keeper, pulling the score back to 2-1 just be­fore half time.

Rochdale felt it was their game – how­ever, Liver­pool scored again from a free hit out­side the D. This was un­fair on the Rochdale de­fence who had been un­beat­able in open play.

Rochdale did pull a goal back from a well worked short cor­ner when Eden and Massey again com­bined to fin­ish in sim­i­lar style to the first.

Cap­tain Michael Wad­di­cor said: “De­spite the loss, it re­ally was a great team per­for­mance, there was some ex­cel­lent pass­ing and some of the tack­les from An­drew Bor­ritt and James Shep­herd were out­stand­ing and the full backs of Danny Bowe and Jonathan Her­reran worked tire­lessly to pro­vide width in at­tack.”

Rochdale vice cap­tain Mark Eden shields the ball dur­ing the clash against John Moores

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