Saturday saw Rochdale ladies take on mid table University of Salford at Oulder Hill. Rochdale started off very strong and within the first 10 minutes they were 1-0 up after Banks, who had once again put retirement from playing on hold, latched on to a forward pass by Roisin Pickering and shot past the on coming keeper to open the scoring for Rochdale, 1-0.

Salford looked keen to take the game by the scruff of the neck, after going behind and began to up their pace and within 5 minutes had done just that with a quick equaliser to bring the game back level. Both teams were on a par for the remainder of the first half and after Salford did go 2-1 up, it was Rochdale who continued to battle hard and just before half time Banks scored her second to make it 2-2.

In the second half Rochdale played some excellent hockey and matched Salford’s continuing pressure. The game was very much end to end. Rochdale keeper Sam Partington produced some excellent saves keeping Rochdale in the game. But with 10 minutes to go Rochdale went down to 10 players due to work commitments and Salford capitalised on this, and within quick succession, they had scored another 3 goals. The game finished 5-2 to Salford and left Rochdale still without a point this season.

Player of the match – Sam Partington.

Captain Kie Leech “It was another difficult week for us, we are working so hard, but just don’t seem to be getting any luck. Our squad is currently thin, due to injuries and its taking its toll on us.”