11th January 2018, 18:00
HORNETS TAKE ON PARTNER CLUB WARRINGTON
Rochdale Hornets will take on partner club Warrington Wolves, just three days after their Law Cup clash with Oldham.
Rochdale Hornets are back in action on Saturday afternoon, as they take on Warrington Wolves in their penultimate pre-season fixture ahead of the Betfred Championship campaign.
Just three days after their 28-24 Law Cup defeat to local rivals Oldham, they will welcome their partner club to the Crown Oil Arena.
It was their first hit out of the year for Alan Kilshaw’s men, and despite a late second-half comeback they couldn’t retain the silverware they picked up at Bower Fold last season.
Ben Moores and Gary Middlehurst were on the scoresheet, while newcomers Luke Adamson and Blake Turner marked their first appearance in a Rochdale shirt with a try, as Lewis Palfrey added four goals.
Next up is partner club Warrington, who Hornets faced at the same stage of last season, with Dec Kay’s late try snatching a 24-22 victory from the jaws of defeat for the Wolves.
That heart-breaking try came after trialist Jordan Cella thought he had secured a shock victory for Rochdale over the Super League outfit at the Manchester Regional Arena.
Miles Greenwood crossed for their first try, with Jake Eccleston and Rob Massam also found their way over the try line.
Since breaking Hornets’ hearts Kay has made a permanent move to Rochdale, and head coach Kilshaw will be hoping the youngster can have a similar impact for his new club on this occasion.
The full-back impressed during an end of season loan spell in 2017, as did Lewis Hatton and Lee Mitchell who also made the move from Warrington to the Championship club.
The Wolves were last in action before the New Year, as they took on local rivals Widnes Vikings in the annual festive derby.
The home side ran out 26-22 winners, as Steve Price’s side almost pulled off a remarkable comeback from 26-0 down.
Hornets head coach Kilshaw has confirmed that Richard Lepori won’t be risked on Saturday after he picked up a knock in the game with Oldham on Wednesday evening.
Trialist James Rowlands will feature though, as will winger Massam as he missed the Law Cup defeat at the Crown Oil Arena.