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.