All Golds v Rochdale Hornets
Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham on Saturday 11th March @ 3pm (doors and bar open at 1pm)
After last week’s victory over South Wales Scorpions the All Golds face another home clash as they host Rochdale Hornets at the Prince of Wales Stadium this Saturday. Kick off at 3pm.
Good Friday’s 36-6 victory over the Scorpions sees the Golden Fern sitting pretty at the top of the table, albeit only one game into the new season, but Head Coach Lee Greenwood is looking for an improved showing against Rochdale. Speaking after last week’s emphatic victory Greenwood said: “we were marginally better than them (Scorpions) but we will need a much improved performance against Rochdale. We made too many mistakes with ball in hand and it’s something we have to sort out.”
The Golden Fern ran in 7 tries last week to register a record league win but will face a much sterner test against the Hornets. Australian Mark Bowen, who made his All Golds debut last week, took an elbow to his collarbone and is doubtful for Saturday’s game. Emmerson Whittel is also doubtful with a tight hamstring. The two Jamies (Crowther and Murphy), Brad Mais and Brett Scriven are also aiming to be part of the match day squad.
Rochdale, one of the original twenty two teams who formed the Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895, spent last season in the Championship but endured a disappointing season and were relegated. The Hornets suffered a narrow opening day loss at home to local rivals Oldham last week. They had led 12-0 after the opening quarter but succumbed to a second half Oldham comeback and went down 16-23.
Rochdale have a strong partnership with Super League giants St Helens which sees players from St Helens become dual registered with the Hornets. Lewis Charnock is one of St Helens’ most promising youngsters and is dual registered for the 2015 season. He made his Super League debut in a 14-10 win against Salford in 2013. The Golden Fern will need to keep a close eye on the England academy player if they are to come out on top this Saturday.
Kingstone Press League 1 league fixture
Kick-off – 3pm Saturday 11th April
Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham, GL50 4RN
Follow the game on-line via the in-running match commentary on the club website:
Tickets: Adult £10, Concessions £5, Under 16s £1