Rossendale Free Press

Rare win on the road lifts Rossendale


SANDAL .......................... 13 ROSSENDALE ................. 29

‘DOES anything good come out of Yorkshire?’ might well be asked with ‘tongue in cheek’ on this side of the Pennines but Rossendale certainly had much to celebrate having returned over the M62 with a maximum five points after an away win at Sandal.

The win moved the Lancashire club from tenth to eighth place in North Premier and with away victories in short supply so far this season it was a result to savour.

Down 13-7 at the interval Rossendale fought back in the second period to take the honours 13-29.

Sandal opened the scoring with a try from Austin Thompson converted by Luke Punton who added two penalties to establish a useful lead.

Just before the break the visitors hit back with a try from Brad Cave, the winger picking up on a neat chip over the defence by Calum Whelan, Liam McGovern slotting the conversion to close the gap and give his side a platfrom for the second half.

From the restart Rossendale took control and from a drive at a five metre scrum Liam Canning picked up at No8 went blind to open up the space for Henry Wilby to go over for the second, McGovern obliging with the extras.

Following a penalty by McGovern it was again from a driven scrum five that Canning claimed the third, the outside half tagging on the conversion.

With time running out Rossendale went hunting for the bonus score which duly came on the back of a succession of forward drives before the ball was spun wide for Tom

Bedlow to burst through for the final score.

This Saturday Rossendale are at home to Billingham who are now second in the table.

 ?? Paul Kilshaw & Ed Thomas ?? ●●Tom Bedlow and, inset, Liam Canning
Paul Kilshaw & Ed Thomas ●●Tom Bedlow and, inset, Liam Canning

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