Rochdale Hornets v Dewsbury Rams
Monday 19th February 2018, 19:45pm
Championship - Round: 3
Stats over last 8 encounters
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FOR HORNETS
ROCHDALE Hornets will finally kick-off their 2018 campaign on Monday evening, as they welcome Dewsbury Rams to the Crown Oil Arena.
Their season opener against Batley Bulldogs and their trip to Swinton Lions were both postponed due to waterlogged pitches, meaning their season will begin in round three.
The game will be taking place on Monday night as Rochdale FC’s FA Cup tie with Tottenham Hotspur is scheduled for 4pm on Sunday.
Alan Kilshaw will be hoping it is a good omen for his men, as the last time they opened their season against the Rams they did so in emphatic style.
In round one last year, Rochdale marked their return to the Championship with a 46-0 triumph over Dewsbury as they spent the first two weeks at the top of the league.
On that day Ben Moores crossed for a brace of tries, while current Hornets Danny Yates, Joe Taira, Rob Massam and Ryan Maneely also scored.
The two fixtures that followed against the Rams saw Rochdale fall to heavy defeats, as Neil Kelly led a resurgent side to safety.
While the Hornets have been frustrated by postponements, their opponents have featured twice already this season.
They opened their account with a 20-18 victory over Sheffield Eagles, as they survived a second-half fightback to claim a narrow win.
In their most recent clash, they were edged by London Broncos 12-0 in terrible conditions at the Tetley’s Stadium.
This will be their first away fixture, and there will be a familiar face in the Hornets line-up as Luke Adamson is set to face his former club.
Although he didn’t end 2017 with Dewsbury, he did start the season at the club before moving to Oldham RLFC.
His brother, Toby, will miss out on facing his former club as he broke a bone in his foot during pre-season training.
There will be late fitness tests for Richard Lepori and Dave Allen, who also picked up injuries during friendlies with Oldham and Warrington Wolves.
Due to the club missing out on a pre-season fixture with North Wales Crusaders and their season opener with Batley, fans are aiming to raise £5,000 to offset the loss of income.
Under 16's can gain entry to Monday night's game for free, which will kick-off at 7:45pm.