Sun 09
Rochdale
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League
Mens U19
Mellor come up short

Mellor come up short

By Jack Wallace
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Classy Rochdale defeat Mellor.


The under 19 season got under way at Timperley lacrosse club under the floodlights as ever against a highly-fancied combined Rochdale, Boardman and Eccles team who wouldn't disappoint, demonstrating their class at key moments in the match leaving Mellor second best.

The match began with Rochdale's Number 10 winning what would be the first of many face offs, an area that Rochdale maintained a strong grip on for all of Tom Wright's perseverance and determination but I'd be surprised if there are many better face off guys in the under 19 league this season. Rochdale scored first but Mellor responded with a well worked under 19 debut goal from Will Rambo off a nice cut. Mellor then grabbed the second with a rare goal from Stephen Cole, keeping his feet and his composure to tuck the ball away after sneaking in at the back door, well found by captain for the season, Dan Watson. Rochdale then grabbed a couple to lead after the quarter.

However, after a promising first quarter where for all Rochdale's possession the goals were kept to a minimum the Mellor defence let a few goals slip past them due to some, at times, slack defending and, at others, some unbelievable finishes. A through the legs efforts drawing applause and appreciation from all spectators, players and supporters. No 7 for blue would cause the Mellor defence problems throughout the first half, demonstrating a fantastic ability to catch the ball inside and finish under pressure. However a combined effort of A Jordan Jr. and McNamee's garish shorts limited his chances in the second half.

Rochdale conceded a few penalties, giving Mellor some man up opportunities but some poor handling and shot selection meant only one of these was converted in the whole match. Admittedly, it was a well worked move, competently finished by Jake Hutch, demonstrating what Mellor can do when they move the ball quickly and unsettle the defence. Mellor managed a consolation through a deflected Jake Parker shot but Rochdale managed to score a couple more putting the game well beyond Mellor, who attempted to finish the game strongly by locking off and trying to force turnovers but Rochdale demonstrated impressive ball retention and stick protection leaving the Longhurst Lane boys frustrated and winless after their first match.

A promising performance overall against a side who will look to win this Conference and go on to do well in the cup competition. There were some displays that gave much cause for optimism from the lads making their under 19 bows. Will R, Oli Rog and Oli Rob acquitted themselves well and it was especially pleasing to have a keeper after a season without one. Mellor brought a big squad, demonstrating the current strength of the junior section, albeit causing a slight headache for Coach Danny. Thanks to all the Mellor spectators who came and supported, and even more so to those without children competing. Your support does make a massive difference, even if you do have to miss Downton, (though it's finished now so no excuses next week)! Mellor take on Sheffield at the earlier time of 6.15, 5.45 meet, (don't forget to record those Strictly results)!!

Final Score: Mellor 4 : 10 Rochdale

Goal Scorers: Will R, Ste Cole, Jake Hutch, Rochdale Player's Helmet

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Match details

Match date

Sun 09, Nov 2014

Kickoff

19:45

Meet time

19:15