Rossy hold out to keep streak go­ing

Rossendale Free Press - - Motors -

NORTH PREMIER ROSSENDALE SAN­DAL SHELDAN KEAY 18 17 ROSSENDALE RUFC kept up their good run of form as they recorded a hard-fought win against San­dal RUFC at Marl Pits.

Rossendale ap­pear to be mak­ing a habit of close run games but this time it was San­dal who were un­able to con­vert a last minute try that al­lowed the east Lan­cashire club to take the points.

In a back and forth con­test, Lewis Allen opened the scor­ing for the home side with a penalty be­fore Ryan McK­ib­bin got in on the act af­ter solid pres­sure and two penalty line outs al­lowed him to take a line out catch from Reece Tomkin­son and plough over for the first try, with Allen slot­ting the con­ver­sion to take full ad­van­tage.

Just be­fore the break, San­dal came into con­tention with a try to close the half with Rossendale 10-5 ahead.

In the sec­ond pe­riod Allen added an­other penalty and with a drive for the line by the pack, good hands cre­ated the op­por­tu­nity for Phil Mills to go over for the sec­ond to give the home side what looked like a com­fort­able 18-5 lead.

San­dal had other ideas and in a storm­ing fi­nal quar­ter hit back with a con­verted try to set up a nail-bit­ing fin­ish. The fi­nal try in the cor­ner al­most hand­ing the spoils to the York­shire out­fit for­tu­nately for the home side the at­tempt drifted wide.

The vic­tory means that Rossendale have done the double over San­dal this sea­son, hav­ing also picked up a 29-21 away win when the two teams met in the re­verse fix­ture back in De­cem­ber.

Rossendalre re­main in fifth place af­ter the North­ern Premier ta­ble, nine points be­hind Lymm with a game in hand on their ri­vals.

Rossendale have four games re­main­ing and could still fin­ish in the top four with the home game against Hull, while a match away to Lymm looks the most cru­cial.

Up next is an away match against Wir­ral this week­end. Wir­ral are in ex­tremely poor form, hav­ing suf­fered nine de­feats in a row. That’s de­spite win­ning nine of their open­ing 15 games of the sea­son.

Wir­ral are in 10th place, and their most re­cent de­feat saw them lose 48-15 to Kirkby Lons­dale on Saturday.

Rossendale have beaten Wir­ral once this sea­son, hav­ing recorded a dom­i­nant 43-0 home win in Fe­bru­ary. ●● Phil Mills in ac­tion for Rossendale against San­dal

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