Featherstone Rovers 9-10 Rochdale Hornets

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Rochdale Hornets handed Featherstone Rovers their first loss in this season’s Championship as Alan Kilshaw’s men battled to a 10-9 win at the Big Fellas Stadium. The ever-reliable Lewis Palfrey kicked a penalty goal two minutes from time to give the Hornets a great victory in West Yorkshire against an in-form Featherstone side.

Rochdale went into half-time 8-2 in front and it was Palfrey who registered the first points of the contest with a penalty goal. Featherstone went close on a number of occasions but couldn’t break through and it took till the 34th minute for the hosts to get on the scoresheet. After Hornets half-back Danny Yates was sent to the sin-bin for a professional foul, Michael Knowles levelled the scores with a goal. But moments later, even with a man less on the pitch, Rochdale scored the first try of the contest through Danny Bridge. Palfrey added the extras.

A stellar defensive performance from Rochdale was spoiled on 55 minutes by Chris Ulugia, who could not be stopped from close range. Cory Aston, on debut from dual-registration partner Leeds Rhinos, converted to make the score 8-8. After cracking the defence once, the Rovers were smelling another try but Rochdale didn’t buckle and there wasn’t to be a second try for the hosts. However, Jon Sharp’s side did take the lead for the first time through an Anthony Thackeray drop goal with 11 minutes to go and that looked to be the winner but for an offside call in the dying embers. The Hornets were in kicking distance and Palfrey did the rest as Rochdale bagged a brilliant scalp.

Featherstone Rovers

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Ian HardmanFull Back000000
3Chris UlugiaCentre100000
5Luke BriscoeWing000000
7Anthony ThackerayScrum Half001000
8Darrell Griffin 14Interchange000000
9Keal CarlileHooker000000
10Andy Bostock 13Interchange000000
11Michael KnowlesSecond Row010000
12John DaviesSecond Row000000
13Richard Moore 10Prop000000
14Frankie Mariano 8Prop000000
18Scott TurnerWing000000
19Matty Wildie 31Hooker000000
21James Lockwood 22Interchange000000
22Jason Walton 21Second Row000000
23Josh HardcastleCentre000000
31Cory Aston 19Interchange010000
 Total 121000

Rochdale Hornets

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Miles GreenwoodFull Back000000
3Jake EcclestonCentre000000
5Rob MassamWing000000
6Lewis PalfreyStand Off030000
7Danny YatesScrum Half000100
9Ben Moores 22Hooker000000
10Gavin Bennion 20Prop000000
12Josh CrowleySecond Row000001
13Gary MiddlehurstLoose Forward000000
15Jovili Taira 16Prop000000
16Matty Hadden 15Interchange000000
17Danny Bridge 25Interchange100000
19Jordan CaseCentre000000
20Jack Francis 10Interchange000000
21Jack HolmesWing000000
22Jay Lobwein 9Interchange000000
25Sam Wilde 17Loose Forward000000
 Total 130101

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
March 5, 2017 3:00 pm Championship 2017 Sunday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Featherstone Rovers279
Rochdale Hornets8210