Saturdays away fixture for Rochdale men’s 1s was a tale of two halves. The first half an ill disciplined and disjointed Rochdale team somehow managed to hog possession despite playing most of the half with ten men.

A drive into the Bury D by Mark Eden, saw his ball across the face of goal, deflected in by James Shepherd for an early lead, however Bury equalised ensuring it was all square at half time.

The second half saw Rochdale come out a different team, determined and organised they really began to turn the screw and a short corner struck by captain Michael Waddicor into the bottom right hand corner made it 2-1.

This was quickly followed by Rochdale’s Richard Borritt being the first to react at the back post and sweeping the ball into the net for 3-1. But the best was yet to come. After an Eden shot rebounded of the Bury keeper, Rochdale again were quickest to react, this time it was Kieran King and he smashed the ball from top D into the back of the net. Leaving the Bury keeper no chance and killed the game off at 4-1 to Rochdale. 

A special mention has to go to Rochdale back four Danny Bowe, Andrew Borritt, Jonathan Herreran and Danny Ramsbottom who not only held the Bury line at bay, but forged forward at every opportunity and supplemented the Rochdale attack.

Captain Michael Waddicor “We had the majority of the possession and were mostly in control of the game in the second half. We let ourselves down in the first half with poor discipline. James Shepherd played a great game, but Andrew Borritt gets The Oulderhill Leisure Centre man of the match for organising the defence and keeping the  discipline tight throughout the game.”