Rochdale Hornets

Calland praises Ainscough and overall team effort following Rovers defeat

22nd July 2019, 14:23

Calland praises Ainscough and overall team effort following Rovers defeat

Matt Calland has praised his sides recent efforts following the Hornets 50-6 defeat at the hands of Featherstone Rovers.

The Hornets took the lead against Championship play off contenders Featherstone but the West Yorkshire side pulled away, despite another defeat head coach Matt Calland remained postive praising his sides efforts and ball control as well as stand in captain Shaun Ainscough. 

"I don't think the scoreline reflects the effort we put in, I thought there were some real postives we can take from that game." said Calland. 

"We controlled the ball a lot more in the first half then we have in recent weeks, Featherstone are a top team and we really struggled to stop them rolling a number of times, we let them play too fast.

"I was really pleased with Shaun Ainscough today, I thought he was excellent as captain he really led from the front.

"Callum Marriot was realy good again played for 80 minutes and played well the whole game, I thought our penalty count let us down as well. 

Rover were ruthless in attack, and their quickness proved to be the Hornets weakest link something Calland highlighted post match. 

"Our goal line defence was a really pleasing thing today, they really played for each other today and tried hard. We struggled against their quickness though," added Calland. 

"We need a really good week after that, we need to stay positive these are really tough times for everyone concerned at the club. Dewsbury gave us a really big thrashing when we played them last so we hope to do better this time around."