Cobras overwhelm poor Bridge

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Rochdale 68 - 20 Bamber Bridge

Bamber Bridge travelled up the M62 on Saturday to play third-placed Rochdale Cobras.

Against the run of play the hosts were first on the scoreboard.

The visitors responded through Jamie Jackson, with Danny O’Brien adding a conversion.

Rochdale seemed to step up a gear on the 20-minute mark and posted three tries in 10 minutes. A return to the Brig line-up of Steve Wright paid dividends on the half hour mark as a neat grubber-kick from O’Brien ended with Wright going over to reduce the score to 16-10.

Ten minutes after the restart it was 38-10 but then Wright grabbed his second to narrow the deficit.

Unfortunately that didn’t last long as the Cobras ran in a further four tries to put the game out of reach at 60-14 with six minutes left on the clock.

Damian Duncan grabbed a consolation score but the home side hit back with two of their own to make the final score 68-20.

Team: Damian Duncan, Andy Swarbrick, Richard Gallimore, Dave Brakewell, Danny O’Brien, Callum Brown, Patrick Hothersall, Danny Bateson, Adam Elford, Ben Young, Ben Whewell, Martin Topping, Steve Wright, Jamie Jackson, Dave Carr, Matt Latus, Matt Mayor.

There was some good news for members of the team as Jack and Harry Swarbrick, sons of Brig’s veteran Andy both won their respective junior leagues playing for Chorley Panthers, Jack scoring four tries in the final game emulating his dad.

Leyland Warriors Junior coach Mark Clegg also had cause to celebrate as his son Matthew helped his side win the league championship against Portico Vine.

Bamber Bridge is also aiming to set up a junior team this year through the efforts of Brig coach Lee Sumner and Pat Hothersall along with Hannah Hothersall as they attempt the rebirth of the Bamber Bridge Bulldogs junior rugby league side.

Any young person wishing to get involved with rugby league is urged to contact the club on