North One East
Rochdale 24 – 15 Percy Park
So after 25 league games of the 2014/2015 season neither Rochdale nor Percy Park could gain promotion or for that matter be relegated. Rochdale started in third position with Park 2 places behind in fifth, and after 80 minutes that was how the league table finished.
The visitors took to the field to the cheers of the travelling Percy Park Under 15’s and their mothers and fathers who were on tour in the North West, and staying at a local holiday camp; there is no truth in the rumour that they were organising an escape committee.
The game started in glorious spring sunshine, but those who watched in short sleeve order soon regretted the decision as a biting wind blew across the firm pitch. The visitors had stunned league leaders Sheffield in the previous week and were hoping to continue that level of performance away from home.
The early exchanges were evenly balance before Rochdale took the lead with a try on 6 minutes. Outside centre Josh Schofield kicked ahead in the Park 22. Full back Michael Grove looked to have the ball covered but only succeeded in getting finger tips to it as it sailed over his head and Schofield touched down. The conversion attempt from a wide angle was off target but the home side led 5 – 0.