Rochdale set fair for re­venge quest

Rochdale Observer - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

ROCHDALE 1st XV will look to ex­tend their win­ning run to­day when they take on Win­ning­ton Park.

Last week’s com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory over Sefton helps them to set up a re­turn match this week­end at Win­ning­ton.

‘Park beat Dale at Moor­gate early in the sea­son by a 0-3 score­line and Dale will cer­tainly be out to avenge that re­sult.

To be re­al­is­tic, Dale need to win all their re­main­ing games to have a chance of pro­mo­tion this year.

The Dale front row is pos­si­bly the youngest for a good few years. Ben Coul­ter has had an out­stand­ing sea­son so far and he is joined by the ever im­prov­ing Josh Grundy.

Be­sides the youth, the pack has a mea­sure of ex­pe­ri­ence that is mak­ing good progress at set pieces and mak­ing plenty of ball avail­able for the ea­ger for­wards.

Do­minic Mack­lin and Adam Der­byshire both made telling con­tri­bu­tions last week and both are ca­pa­ble for­wards with vi­sion and a good turn of speed.

The wel­come re­turn of Alex Ish­er­wood is a boost and the ex­cel­lent Jack Green both pro­vide re­place­ment cover this week.

Coach Danny Collins has no prob­lems in us­ing the full 18 play­ers and so ev­ery­one is sure of ga­me­time.

B Coul­ter, J Bradley, J Grundy, S Need­ham, T Helliwell, A Foster, B Non­leh, R Hart­ley, T Townsend, J Duffy, B Henry, O Cold­man, D Mack­lin, A Der­byshire, J Fl­itcroft, T Cal­laghan, A Ish­er­wood, J Green.

The sec­ond team are at home as they face Wir­ral.

Rob Wadsworth makes a re­turn to rugby after a long lay­off through in­jury – Dale wel­come back Rob as he comes into the sec­ond row to­day.

Wir­ral are a tough out­fit and a hard game is on the cards.

Com­pe­ti­tion for places is hot­ting up with the re­turn of play­ers from in­jury and no fewer than seven of this sec­ond XV have had 1st team ex­pe­ri­ence re­cently.

H Hill, M Parry, P Swinden, R Wadsworth, G Hornby, K Jack­son, H Hayes, C Hodgkin­son, A Gil­bert, R Clegg, K Humphries, M Robin­son, A Red­fern, J Holt, M Buck­ley, D Flynn, J Woolfenden, D Con­ner.

The Thirds of­fer 20 play­ers in their match­day squad this week­end for the home game against Bolton.

Ev­ery­one is ea­ger to start the new year on a pos­i­tive not and a keenly con­tested match is ex­pected to­day.

A Ri­ley, C Nield, A Kilkenny, G Smith, A Beres­ford, A Pope, D Bam­ford, D Smith, R Gullen, C Rawl­in­son, H Kalau, S Holton, E Pope, B Mullins, J Fin­negan, S Mah­mood, L Mor­ton, D Bad­ham, A Mullins, A Duffy.

●●Ben Coul­ter has been in out­stand­ing form for Rochdale so far this sea­son

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