Oldham RLFC v Rochdale Hornets
Saturday 27th May 2017, 14:30pm
Championship - Round: 15
Stats over last 8 encounters
HORNETS OFF TO THE SEASIDE
Rochdale Hornets descend on the seaside this Saturday as they visit Blackpool for their first appearance at the Summer Bash, where they will take on local rivals Oldham.
After the League 1 Cup Final the two Championship sides will kick-off the extra round of league fixtures in the second tier’s answer to Magic Weekend.
It will be the third meeting of the two sides in 2017, as they contested the Law Cup in pre-season before locking horns at the Crown Oil Arena in the league.
Back in January Rochdale claimed the Law Cup with a 24-12 win at Bower Fold, thanks to tries from Chris Riley, Jordan Case, Gary Middlehurst and Lewis Galbraith.
They shared the points in their first of three league clashes scheduled for the first phase of the season, as a late rally saw the hosts rescue an unlikely point.
With five minutes left on the clock they were down by 12 points, but then Gavin Bennion crashed over before Ryan Maneely raced in with just two minutes remaining to make it 26-26.
This time out though they will meet at Bloomfield Road, and Hornets fullback Riley is looking forward to the occasion and is expecting a tough derby clash when they go head-to-head with the Roughyeds.
“They’re always tough physical games and I know both sides will be up for it,” he commented.
“We’ve had a tough few weeks but the boys have been as positive as every to turn it around.
“We’ve got a young squad and not many of them have had the chance to play at this kind of event so we’re going to try to push ourselves forward to get the result.
“We’d like to turn our form around this weekend and there’s no better place to do it than at Summer Bash against our local rivals.
“It doesn’t get much bigger than playing Oldham in a derby at Bloomfield Road and we’re really looking forward to it.”
Rochdale have been boosted by the return of four players to their 19 man squad, as Kilshaw is able to call upon Ben Moores, Jo Taira, Bennion and Galbraith.