Firsts hold out for nar­row win


ROCHDALE mens’ first team wel­comed City of Manch­ester Mens 2s to Oul­der Hill on Satur­day and picked up a wel­learned 2-1 vic­tory.

With sev­eral play­ers back and a full squad avail­able it was a rare op­por­tu­nity to re­ally push the team’s new style of play.

Rochdale started well enough but could not make their su­pe­ri­or­ity in terms of pos­ses­sion count on the score­sheet.

This al­lowed City of Manch­ester to have some chances of their own, and, boast­ing a mix of ex­pe­ri­ence and youth they were push­ing the Rochdale de­fence to their lim­its.

But, just as they’d done the week be­fore, they stood firm helped by the re­turn­ing An­drew Bor­ritt who led the line well.

The home side stuck to their task and opened the scor­ing through Sean Car­ney, mak­ing it three goals in three games for him.

A se­cond goal was not far be­hind with Mark Eden and Michael Wad­di­cor com­bin­ing from a short cor­ner to set up Barry Gum­b­ley to lift the ball into the top right hand cor­ner to make it 2-0 at the break.

The se­cond half saw Rochdale suf­fer from a lack of fit­ness. This was com­pounded by the ev­ery en­er­getic James Shep­herd be­ing sent off, re­duc­ing Rochdale to 10 men for 10 min­utes. They were also suf­fer­ing from un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally poor play in the fi­nal third and could not drive home their ad­van­tage.

As a re­sult, Manch­ester grew in con­fi­dence and man­aged to pull a goal back from a short cor­ner, leav­ing Rochdale hold­ing on in the fi­nal mo­ments of the match, with the last play of the game a short cor­ner to de­fend.

The game was to fin­ish 2-1 to Rochdale.

Rochdale coach Aasim Chaudhry said: “What a great per­for­mance it was from the Rochdale mid­field praise to Bor­ritt, Jonathan Her­reran and Danny Bowe for their heroic per­for­mance in de­fence.”

●●An­drew Bor­ritt led the line su­perbly for Rochdale

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