Cornwall RLFC


Match Preview – Rochdale (h)

August 25, 2023

Cornwall RLFC host Rochdale Hornets in as Betfred League 1 enters its final round in 2023.

Ahead of this eagerly anticipated clash against Gary Thornton’s Hornets, here is all you need to know about both sides pre-game.

Squad Selection

Cornwall RLFC head coach Mike Abbott has named his 21-man squad for Sunday’s Betfred League 1 clash against Rochdale Hornets.

The home match will see the curtain come down on Cornwall’s second professional campaign which has seen Mike Abbott’s troops pick up four victories so far.

The side’s faint play-off ambitions were ended last time out at Doncaster while for Rochdale, defeat at home to Oldham in round 21 has meant their place in the end of season lottery for promotion, hangs by a thread. 

Rochdale were due to play a rearranged round 17 match against London Skolars on Wednesday evening, but that game was called off as the capital outfit were unable to raise a side. The Hornets were handed a 48-0 win which drew them level with sixth placed North Wales Crusaders on twelve points. 

However, the Welsh side have a superior points difference and play London on the final day. Rochdale will be hoping that the Skolars pull off an unlikely victory and they defeat Cornwall.

For the hosts on Sunday, they will be without Sean Croston (groin) but Tom Ashton (ankle) is named in the 21.

Mackenzie Scurr drops out and is replaced by Callum Abbott who has recovered from illness. There is also a place in the Cornwall squad for Reece Boase, who has been sidelined with an ankle problem in recent weeks.

Harry Boots has recovered from a knee problem picked up in the victory over North Wales Crusaders on July 30.

Cornwall Squad:

Our Opposition:

Here is the Rochdale squad for tomorrow’s game.

We’ve Met Before:

01/05/22 – Cornwall RLFC 0 Rochdale Hornets 50 (L1R6)

14/08/22 – Rochdale Hornets 34 Cornwall RLFC 14 (L1R19)

21/05/23 – Rochdale Hornets 62 Cornwall RLFC 6 (L1R9)

From the Dugouts:

Head coach Mike Abbott has been speaking to the club’s media team to preview the Choughs’ home match against Rochdale.

Match Officials:

Four officials have been appointed for Sunday’s game:

Referee: Will Gilder

Touch judges: Rob Aspee & R Davies

Reserve referee: Mason Aspree

Principal or Alternate?

Cornwall will wear their principle home shirt in tomorrow’s home fixture.

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Tickets are available for tomorrow’s game. Free entry is available for all serving and former military personnel using the code MILITARY

Follow the Match:

In game updates will be broadcast via BBC Radio Cornwall via Matt Allen.

You can listen to the updates via FM: 95.2 and 103.9, DAB and via BBC Sounds – Click here to listen via BBC Sounds

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