After a successful first round of the All Division cup Rochdale Ladies faced Bury 2nds in the second round with high hopes of scoring their second win.
With only ten players for the Saturday lunch time fixture, Rochdale already had a disadvantage however; this did not deter the determined team who once again showed they are not to be messed with. Becky Knowles and Katie Burrell worked well together in attack, sharing the upfront and left wing positions – both showing some serious skill when moving around Bury’s defenders and both being rewarded with a goal each.
Knowles’ scored the first of the game after receiving the ball from Roisin Pickering at the top of the D and smashing it into the goal. The second Rochdale goal came minutes after from Burrell after Rochdale were awarded a short corner, Burrell had a shot on goal, the keeper went to save it but the hit was too powerful for the Bury defence.
By half time Rochdale were still in the game competing all over the pitch, despite Bury scoring twice themselves. Setting up an exciting second half with the score at 2-2.
In the second half Rochdale came out full force once again with another goal from Paula McDonald during a short corner hit out, McDonald reacted quickest and swept the ball straight into the D, again proving too powerful for the Bury defence.
With Gill Knowles unable to play, Becki Moon stepped up, and took on the central role in defence. Playing alongside Nicky Mongan, Moon slotted in well; her tackles were sharp, clean and well executed. Mongan controled the defence, guiding the team when Rochdale needed to man to man mark. Rochdales midfield looked more like that of last season with Pickering, McDonald and Hodcroft using quick passes to guide the ball up the pitch into dangerous positions. Unfortunately, Rochdale missed a few opportunities Pickering and McDonald created with no one attacking the back post – something Kenny Banks (coach), surely will be looking to work on in training.
Kie Leach (captain) ran tirelessly for the full game, taking on several players from her left back position and as always used her stamina as an advantage. Although the score did not reflect the effort and determination the girls showed throughout the match Bury just managed to pip Rochdale to the post – quite literally – and were victorious in their efforts 4-3.
Captian Kie Leach “Once again I am immensely proud of the ladies and the their performance today. The game showed some quality hockey being played and each week we are improving as a team. This weeks MOM goes to Roisin Pickering who – as always – provided support for the team continuously taking on Bury’s defenders”.