Rossendale Free Press
Rossendale’s wait for win at an end
GEOFF LIGHTFOOT 10 8
ROSSENDALE posted their first win since 30th of October beating Macclesfield
10-8 at Marl Pits. Although they had suffered defeats against the two top sides in the competition they had shown enough to suggest that a ‘turn of the corner’ was not that far away.
It was just so last Saturday as despite the dreadful weather it was the East Lancashire side who managed the conditions the better and were good value for the win.
However it did not start well as a well worked move around the centres created an overlap for Phil Laing to open the scoring with a try to give
Macclesfield the early lead. Rossendale kept battling away with a penalty by Liam McGovern keeping them in the hunt at 3-5 at the interval.
The home side came back strongly in the second period and with the pack taking some control an attacking scrum from inside the opposition ‘22’ provided the platform for backrower Liam Canning in a planned move to stand off and come onto a neat pass from scrum half Calum Whelan to crass over for what proved the winning try, McGovern on hand to slot the conversion.
Although Rossendale remain in tenth place in the North Premier table they have now opened a six point gap over their nearest rivals Burnage.
Rossendale are away to Sandal on Saturday.