On a sunny but breezy day at Hargate Hill, Dale fielded several young players hoping for a better performance than last week’s dire effort. Coach Danny Collins used his young replacements in the pack ably supported by Tom Helliwell and Gui DeSousa in the 2nd row. Dale started well, attacking up the slope with captain Dom Serridge kicking into the Glossop 22, the line out that followed was lost by the visitors the first of many.
The ball was lost into touch by the home side and this time Dale won the lineout only to lose the ball in the midfield , the Glossop scrum half Sonczak jinked through the Dale defence and passed wide for the winger to score despite a tackle by Blair Henry the conversion left it 7-0. Dale were forced to defend against the feisty Glossop pack led by lose forward Stanley with Ross Hartley tackling well and scrum half Travis Townsend making breaks and setting a great example to the Younger lads with his tenacious tackling.
A series of penalties leading to lost line outs frustrated the Dale bench with only Hartley taking one long throw and pushed into the home side’s 22 and with the young flanker Beltus Nonleh making good drives, Glossop were forced to concede a penalty under the posts which was converted 7-3 after 15 mins. From the re-start Travis Townsend led a charge into the Glossop 22 only to be held up, the ball was stolen in the tackle, both sides had good chances but no dominance by either.
On the half hour coach Danny Collins brought himself on to pep up the attack, this worked when Glossop were penalised for a high tackle on Dom Macklin as he went over in the corner, from the scrum prop Dale Slamon went over for a well deserved try, duly converted by Ollie Coldman to make it 7-10 with 35 mins gone.
The next major event was a yellow card for the Glossop No 7 which helped Dale in the centre with Townsend , Serridge and Macklin all making good breaks with a fine passing move finding Blair Henry who beat the full back only to be bundled into touch just short of the line. A scrum taken against the head by Dale saw Collins break for the line, Glossop were penalised for holding up play, the tap and go by Townsend led to three good passes finding the flying Jimmy Flitcroft who powered over for a great try the conversion was just wide so 7-15 with half time approaching.
The second half started with Dale having to defend deep and hold a determined Glossop pack but again ill- discipline led the a second yellow card for the home side and the game swung back to Dale and despite losing several line outs good pressure led to a series of penalties and another yellow card for Glossop a good take and drive by the pack saw Collins crash over the last defenders to score 20-7. Collins then went off and Chris Hodgkinson came on and was soon in the action.
Coldman kicked deep and he collected the return he then beat two defenders and passed short inside to Hodgkinson who crossed the line and Coldman converted to make it 7-27. With 10 minutes left and Glossop back to 14 men the pressure on the Dale line grew and despite great tackles by new boy Jack Green and the ever dependable Hartley, Glossop were back in the game when the centre Gaskell made a nice break in the Dale 22 and scored under the posts for a converted try 14-27. With the hosts looking for a least a losing bonus point they pressed with a series of scrums pressing the Dale line, a yellow card adding to their troubles the visitors conceded with minutes to go 19-27 not quite enough for the Glossop bonus point but Dale getting all 5 much needed points.
A good contest and a flowing game of rugby in front of a big crowd a blank weekend next week but Dale are back in winning ways .
David Rhodes R.R.U.F.C