WILMSLOW 26 ROSSENDALE 55
By Paul Kilshaw
A nine try extravaganza brought Rossendale maximum points after beating Wilmslow 26-55 at Pownall Park.
Playing some of their best rugby so far this season the East Lancashire side had the game wrapped up and the bonus point safely tucked away by half time.
A pick up of a loose ball brought the opening try for Phil Mills with a pick up by Lewis Allen on half way sending Jordan Lord through on the break and with Jack Ward up in support the centre went in for the second.
The third again fell to Mills latching on to a pin point cross kick from Allen and it was Mills who brought up the bonus point and his hattrick after Nick Flynn and Harry Moulding had created the opportunity, all four converted by Allen.
In the latter stages of the half as Rossendale began to ease up Wilmslow went over for two tries the conversion of the second affording Rossendale a 12-28 lead at the interval.
In the second period solid forward play from half way and following a kick to the corner by Allen, Curtis Strong added the fifth .
Slick handling between Moulding, Flynn and Mills got George Peel over with Allen racking up the seventh capitalising on swift hands on the back of a scrum penalty, the outside half also tagging on the conversion.
Wilmslow who refused to give up went over for a converted try before a miss pass from James Bramhall gave Strong in for his second with Don Nonanye taking the the ball straight from the restart and with Allen providing the link Jake Foster made it nine.
With time running out Wilmslow managed a fourth try and a deserved bonus point.