Rochdale wanted to bounce back after last week’s events at Horwich and most certainly didn’t want to lose against local rivals Bury. Rochdale started positively with a high press, although Bury we’re proving quite the compact team with quick counter attacks.
As the half went on Rochdale broke on their own counter and were 1-0 up with a wonderfully worked tap in at the far post from Andy Meanock. This helped to settle Rochdale and within 10 minutes, with a wonder strike from Scott Hempsall-Jones at the top of the D, Rochdale were 2-0 up. Bury though were determined not to give up and managed to smuggle a goal passed the unsighted Rochdale keeper from a short corner and at half time the score was 2-1.
At half time Rochdale spoke about trying to consolidate the lead they had and almost straight from the push back another great strike from Hempsall-Jones put daylight between the sides and Rochdale ahead 3-1. With momentum on their side Rochdale should have gone on to win the game, but fitness started to show it’s ugly head and proved to be the downfall and Bury managed to claw back 2 goals which could have been avoided.
Rochdale struggling with fitness were adamant not to lose and threw everything they possibly could at the Bury side. This resulted in another goal from Hempsall-Jones and put Rochdale back ahead again with only minutes on the clock. Bury were still fighting and managed to keep pressing the Rochdale defence and broke through for another scrappy goal. The 4-4 draw felt more like a defeat to Rochdale and the team were clearly disappointed knowing that most of Bury’s goals should have been avoided.
Captain Karl Wynn “Once again the last 15 minutes of the game has been our downfall, we have to get sharper and learn how to kill games off once we are ahead. We need to work on making it difficult for teams to score against us once we are in front. I thought despite Scotts hat-trick, Luke Rosebury was outstanding today and more than deserved the Atticus Man of the Match award.”