Depleted Rossendale beaten late

First published in Sport

Percy Park 32
Rossendale 25

WITH Leyton Taylor absent through suspension and Paddy Pole, Johan Goosens and Danny Collins all absent through injury, Rossendale took a very much understrength pack away to relegation threatened Percy Park.

The task proved too much as a combination of lack of power up front and a side desperately fighting to avoid the drop consigned the visitors to a 32-15 defeat.

Park took an early lead with a try from Toby Davidson converted by Todd Harrison.

Rossendale hit back with a try from Danny Harrison, the winger going the length of the pitch after intercepting a promising Percy Park attack, Steve Nutt on hand with the conversion.

A penalty from Nutt edged the visitors ahead but Park regained the advantage with try from Ben Bell, but following a penalty from Nutt and a try from James Bramhall, up in support of a break by Tom Albinson also converted by Nutt, Rossendale enjoyed a 12-20 lead at half time.

Paul Ponton pulled a try back for the home side and a penalty from Harrison levelled matters at 20-20.

A bonus try by Alistair Blaire converted by Davidson restored the home side’s advantage and although Harrison crossed for his second, a try in the closing minutes by Andrew Dunn sealed the win for the hosts.

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