Rossendale Free Press

Stags shake off rustiness with victory

- STEVE BAYES

WEST LANCS LEAGUE DIVISION TWO ROSSENDALE­FC ......... 3 GALGATE ....................... 0

AFTER a three-week layoff for the Christmas Holidays and last week’s postponed match at Garstang, Rossendale returned to action with a home match against bottom side Galgate FC.

And a typical post-Christmas

Holiday performanc­e saw a disjointed Rossendale performanc­e which was still too much for the visitors as they ran out 3-0 winners.

On a heavy pitch the match started with Galgate pushing forward without really causing any problems for the home defence, slowly but surely Rossendale got into the game, and on 12 minutes they opened the scoring was left by both central defenders and Scott Wylie took advantage and fired into the corner.

Rossendale controlled the play but time after time play was broken up by losing the ball or defenders winning their tackles, at the other end despite having their fair share of the ball Galgate’s balls played forward were often wasted.

But the visitors were still in the game as they went in at half time just one goal behind.

The second half started well for the home side as they pressed forward and with only four minutes of the second half gone a good chance when Tom Hulme turned neatly in the area and bent a shot round the keeper and onto the left hand post and away to safety.

Rossendale continued to dominate the play and they doubled their lead when another shot came back off the left hand post but this time Mickey Saunders was on hand to fire home.

The heavy pitch and Rossendale’s fitness was taking beginning to tell on the visitors, but they gamely kept going without any success going forward, whilst Rossendale going forward were creating chances but couldn’t convert the chances into goals, but on 81 minutes the stags did get their third goal when Tom Hulme got clear to score, the linesman was flagging for off side, but the referee overruled him as the ball had come off a Galgate defender.

With the points safely in the bag Rossendale saw out the game without any problems for a welcome three points, it’s as you were at the top of the table with all the top five teams winning, but Rossendale still have a healthy points lead and a super goal difference of plus 73.

Rossendale are without a league game this Saturday but are taking on Premier League 2nd placed team Euxton Villa in a friendly at Ashton College Preston.

Their next league game is on Saturday 29th January against Furness Rovers (LA14 5UQ) the first of two consecutiv­e away marches in Barrow the match kicks off at 2pm.

The following week Saturday 5th February they are away at

Dalton United (LA15 8DP) this match kicks off at 3pm.

 ?? ?? ●●Goalscorer­s Scott Wylie, Mickey Saunders and Tom Hulme
●●Goalscorer­s Scott Wylie, Mickey Saunders and Tom Hulme

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