Alnwick hopes dashed by rampant Rochdale

Alnwick Rugby Football Club news and match reports.
Alnwick Rugby Football Club news and match reports.

Alnwick 17 Rochdale 40

North One East

It was another tough day at the office for Alnwick’s first-team rugby players.

After a shaky start at Greensfield this afternoon, the hosts found themselves 0-12 down to Rochdale. A driving captain’s try from Boothman brought Alnwick back in it at 7-12, but the optimism was short-lived as Rochdale hit straight back (7-19).

A Mallaburn penalty then an absolute peach of a training park line-out saw the ball fed from the top for Maughan to drive through from the 22. That made it 17-19.

But that was the last Alnwick score as Rochdale took control.

Both sides observed a minute’s silence before kick-off to remember Peter Sunderland, past-president at Rochdale.

FULL MATCH REPORT IN THURSDAY’S GAZETTE.