Pete’s Preview: Rochdale Hornets

Published: 14 June, 2019 - 2:22 pm

By Peter Carbert

Earth, Wind & Fire had a 1980 hit with ‘Back On The Road’ and Rochdale Hornets find themselves once again on the road as they twist their way over to Bootham Crescent.

It’s fair to say this is a tough season for Rochdale, currently propping up the table with just 1 win to their name, that victory being back in March when they winded their way to a 20-8 home win over Barrow Raiders. They’ve gone close on occasions – none more so than when they were just pipped 24-18 by an out of sorts York City Knights; but weather they can turn around their season and avoid relegation remains to be seen.

Can the Knights keep up the pressure at the top of the table, or will a gust of Rochdale magic see a priceless away victory? As Bob Dylan once said, the answer is blowin’ in the wind.

One To Watch: Well travelled hooker or scrum half Scott Moore brings a wealth of Super League, NRL and international experience to the side and on his day still has the talent to spearhead Rochdale.

Pete Predicts: 38 -12 home win!

Last Meeting:
12th May 2019
Rochdale 18 York City Knights 24
Spotland Stadium – Attendance: 513

Apart from ‘the ref was rubbish’ one of the most used sayings following a rugby league is ‘at least we got the two points’ and this match really did define that saying. The first match was called off due to Hurricane Spotland, so again the Knights faithful travelled over in big numbers and must’ve feared the worst as once again kickoff was delayed! Fortunately this time after a little wait the game did go ahead, and York went ahead too through Matty Marsh, Connor Robinson converting. The ever improving Jason Bass was next to go over, before Judah Mazive got in on the act to make it 14-0 and this looked like a long afternoon for the Rochdale faithful.

Only games can swing very quickly, debutant Lewis Sheridan touching down to get the Hornets back in it. Man of the match Jason Bass again rumbled through just before half time, 18-6 York lead.

Into the second half, whatever new coach Matt Calland said worked, Rochdale were first to score and even though Jack Blagbrough settled Yorkshire nerves with a converted try, a third Rochdale try made it a nervy last 10 minutes as York just held on for a 24-18 win.

A wins a win, and at least we got the two points……


The visit of Rochdale Hornets to Bootham Crescent this Fathers Day Sunday (June 16th) is another huge game in the Betfred Championship, with the Knights looking to quickly get their play-off push back on track. Get your tickets online now from Eventbrite HERE!