Rochdale Hornets Women’s lost their first home game of the season, going down valiantly to a much more experienced Barrow Raidettes side. Barrow, who play a level above in the RFL Women’s Championship, ran out 56-12 victors after a hard-fought game at the Crown Oil Arena.
Hornets began the game well, showing a huge improvement in defence and holding Barrow at bay, but could not stop repeated attacks from their opposition. The Hornets Women were playing just their third game together, while Barrow have two years’ worth of experience behind them, and eventually their greater experience and skill told, with the visitors running in several consecutive tries.
As in their previous games with Hull KR and Halifax, the Hornets Women fought to the end and got some reward, scoring late tries as a consolation. While Barrow were good value for their 56-12 victory, Hornets can be proud of their effort, particularly Player of the Match Katie Stephens and Armani Khaliq, who was again very strong for Hornets.
The Hornets girls can take solace from the experience of playing a side from the league above and build on it when they return to league action next week against Whitley Bay Warriors. The game will kick off on Sunday at 2pm at Rochdale Mayfield ARLFC and all are welcome to come down and cheer on the girls.
The team are always on the lookout for new players and any interested parties are invited to join the girls for training on Mondays and Thursdays from 7pm at Mayfield Sports Centre.