Hornets face Wolfpack in opener

Hornets face Wolfpack in opener

After the postponement of the Hornets opening game, Andrew Riley looks ahead to the visit of the Wolfpack

Anyone watching Sky Sports last Sunday will have seen a determined York City Knights team hold Toronto to a creditable 14 points.

Rochdale Hornets will have to be at their best if they are to hope of getting a result in what is their first game of the season in front of the Sky cameras at the Crown oil arena.

Toronto are a team full of Super League talent, and their head coach, Brian MacDermott is well aware that his team will be the scalp every club wants this year.

With players like Jon Wilkin, Gareth O’Brien and Ashton Sims in their squad, the Hornets will have to be at their very best if they want to take any points from this game.

Carl Forster has had a disrupted build-up to what should have been the second game of the season but for last weeks snow.

With this game taking place in front of the Sky cameras, he will be wanting to make certain his own squad give a good account of themselves.

Its been a disrupted start to the season after last weeks postponement of the visit of Dewsbury, but head coach Carl Forster is in a positive mood ahead of kick-off;

“We’ve put the fact its in front of the cameras out of our heads.” he said

We know what we have to do as a squad if we want those two championship points on Sunday”

You can hear the full interview with Carl ahead of kick off live on Sunday from 2pm when Andrew Riley and Mark Wynn will bring you exclusive coverage of the game.

Bury held at home by Crawley after referee injured

Bury held at home by Crawley after referee injured

It was a very frustrating afternoon for Bury as they drew 1-1 with Crawley Town.

The biggest talking point from the first half was when Assistant referee Helen Byrne had to be replaced after colliding with a Crawley player.

Bury Manager Ryan Lowe had made 2 changes from last week’s 3-3 draw withLincoln.

Danny Mayor with illness and Chris Stokes was left on the bench with Skipper Neil Danns returning to the starting line along with debutant Scott Wharton.

There was not much for either team in the opening exchanges, with the first 15 minutes passing without a shot on target.

As the half moved on, Bury’s Nicky Adams had a shot saved by keeper Grant Morris on the 20-minute mark.

Adams was involved again 3 minutes later when his cross reached the back post but Nicky Maynard couldn’t get to the ball and it went out for a goal-kick

Half time Bury 0 Crawley 0

Bury made the better start to the second half.

Maynard put a shot just wide of the post.

After 65 minutes Bury spurned another good chance with Callum McFadzean hitting over the bar into the Cemetery end.

Bury finally took the lead with seven minutes to go.

Maynard scored his 13th League goal of the season after a good corner swung in by Adams, and headed back across goal by Wharton for Maynard to pull off an acrobatic kick to squeeze it past the Crawley keeper.

It wasn’t to last long though.

Crawley equalised four minutes later.

A defensive mistake allowed Ollie Palmer to put the ball across the box and shoot from a tight angle for his 11th league goal of the season.

Despite extending their unbeaten run to 9 games, it was a disapointing game for Shakers fans.

FULL TIME Bury 1 Crawley 1

After the game, Ryan Lowe said it was “hard to take. The performance wasn’t what I expected, it was a bit flat all round.”

“I thought we were flat all over today, whether it was the weather or the pitch – no excuses though, we just weren’t at the races.”

Bury defender Adam Thompson also spoke to the press “We can’t let it be a negative, it’s another point and we keep going unbeaten.”

“we’re not going to play well every week, we’re not going to win every week, and today is a point in the right direction.”

Weather beats Hornets

Weather beats Hornets
The snow covered Crown Oil Arena, home of the Rochdale Hornets

Rochdale Hornets have been forced to postpone their opening game of the season against the Dewsbury Rams.

The snow-covered pitch at the Crown Oil Arena failed an inspection late on Saturday afternoon.

The Rochdale Hornets ground staff had been working hard to clear the pitch of snow and fans had been helping, but sadly it was too big a task.

This means Roch Valley Radio’s first live commentary will now be the transatlantic visit of the Toronto Wolfpack on the 10th February

Rochdale Hornets will announce the date of the rearranged fixture as soon as possible.

We will be previewing next weeks game right here and will be talking to Head Coach Carl Forster about the task of taming the Wolfpack.

Rochdale Hornets rugby league Commentary

Rochdale Hornets rugby league Commentary

Roch Valley Radio is the official broadcast partner of Rochdale Hornets for the 2019 rugby league championship.

Rochdale Hornets in the rugby league Championship

What does this mean? Well, Roch Valley will be broadcasting every home game from the Crown Oil arena live.

We will also be broadcasting some of their away matches, including the Summer Bash game against Swinton Lions.

Do YOU want to be right there with us?

We are looking for fans of the sport to become involved. We need commentators to join us on this new adventure.

Do you know your Full Back from your Hooker? a forward pass from a knock on? Do you want to have the chance to ask Carl Forster his thoughts on the game post-match?

Then click on the link below and join us. Don’t worry about experience, our team are here to help and guide you, and let’s face it, who knows more about the club and rugby league than the fans?

The Hornets begin the season at home on the 3rd February with the visit of Dewsbury Rams who make the 25 mile trip over the Pennines looking to better their 8th place finish of 2018.

Obviously, the best way to follow the Hornets is to actually be there, but the next best thing will be to tune into Roch Valley Radio either via the website or our newly updated app.

Roch Valley Radio is also looking for volunteers in other areas. Please, if you think you can help us in any way, click on the link and join us.