Rochdale Hornets 12-32 Dewsbury Rams
Sunday 28th July 2019, 15:00pm
Championship - Round: 1
Dailey Williams (2),
Dan Abram (2),
Frazer Morris, Adam Ryder, Tom Garratt, Michael Knowles (2), Rob Worrincy,
Liam Finn (4),
ROCHDALE Hornets were all but relegated to League One following a second half deluge at the Crown Oil Arena where Dewsbury notched 24 unanswered points to come for behind and secure a vital win.
A Daley Williams double in the first half, paired with a couple of Dan Abram goals sent Hornets into the break ahead with Paul Sykes unable to convert both of the Rams tires.
Hornets nearly went ahead in the 7th minute with a superb Izaac Farrell kick dropping into space for Dan Abram to round Rob Worrincy on the flank and race under the sticks but the play was pulled back for a marginal offside. Immediately, Dewsbury turned defence into attack. Camped on the Hornets goal line, Sykes stabbed a kick in-goal for the onrushing Frazer Morris to ground.
Both sides displayed a sheer inability to play wet-weather football in the first half with error after error stalling the contest. Two knock-ons in as many minutes from Kyle Trout, with the latter turning into a penalty for dissent, allowed Hornets a foothold where they marched downfield. Piling on pressure the ball was shipped wide for Daley Williams to barge over for his first of a brace.
Moments later, the Rams regained the lead. They worked an overlap on the left edge for Adam Ryder to arrive at pace and slide over for a score.
Late in the half, Hornets continued to turn the screw on Dewsbury but it looked like a chance wasted when Jordan Syme ran a sweet line to gather a flat Farrell ball to score but the referee pulled it back for a forward pass and it looked as though Hornets would trail at the break.
The hosts kept their foot on the gas though and managed to snaffle a loose Dewsbury ball and fire out wide for Williams again to crash over. Abram good with the two and Hornets took the lead into the break.
As rain began battering the Crown Oil Arena, Dewsbury sucked up every morsel of the limited football on offer delivering a killer nine minute period with Tom Garratt and Michael Knowles sliding in at the Sandy Lane end.
On the 53rdminute, the Rams were pinned on their own line and Hornets identified a gap on the flank. A flat Dec Kay ball to the edge was snatched by Worrincy who raced the length of the field to more or less guarantee the Rams Championship status while condemning Hornets to the drop.
Hornets weren’t about to lie down, and they kept coming at the visitors. Dan Abram thought he had brought about a four pointer at the flag, benefitting from a Worrincy knock on, but the referee spotted an offside from the kick and Dewsbury had the penalty. From the resulting field position, they marched down field for Knowles to grab a second, diving on a grubber. Liam Finn on target with the goal and Dewsbury home and hosed at 12-32.
The remainder of the game descended into a mess of errors and niggle with the Rams playing the conditions far better than a bewildered Hornets.