Championship/League 1: See-saw tussle with the Hornets has a sting in its tail for Rams

Gareth Moore thought he'd won it for Dewsbury Rams against Rochdale with a late drop-goal. PIC: Paul Butterfield
Gareth Moore thought he'd won it for Dewsbury Rams against Rochdale with a late drop-goal. PIC: Paul Butterfield
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Dewsbury Rams slipped to an eighth straight defeat in the Betfred Championship as Rochdale Hornets grabbed a last-minute try to seal a dramatic 32-27 victory at Tetley’s Stadium.

When Gareth Moore slotted over a drop goal four minutes from time, it looked as though the Rams’ losing streak was coming to an end as they led 27-26. But Rochdale launched a final attack and full-back Declan Kay gathered a pass, bounced off a tackle and raced behind the posts to spark celebrations among his team-mates and coaching staff.

Batley tryscorer, Dave Scott.

Batley tryscorer, Dave Scott.

Tyler Whittaker landed his sixth goal of the afternoon as Rochdale left with both league points. The sides shared five tries apiece in a lively encounter but there are worrying signs in the Dewsbury ranks after they were unable to close out the win.

Dewsbury Rams: Guzdek; Worrincy, Glover, Scott, Morton; Speakman, Moore; Sheriffe, Ward, Teanby, Crowther, Knowles, Brown. Subs: Goodall, Everett, Trout Spicer.

Rochdale Hornets: Kay; Lepori, Hurst, Talatoka, Cross; Whittaker, Yates; Hatton, Smith, Turner, Mitchell, Middlehurst, Brockhill. Subs: Cunningham, Hadden, Moran Gaskell.

Referee: Scott Mikalauskas.

Hunslet tryscorer, Nathan Chappell.

Hunslet tryscorer, Nathan Chappell.

Attendance: 649.

Batley Bulldogs trailed by two points at half-time and at full-time, eventually being edged out at Barrow Raiders, 20-18. It was 8-6 at the turnaround.

Full-back Dave Scott, scrum-half Dom Brambani and hooker Alistair Leak crossed the hosts’ whitewash with Pat Walker landing three conversions in total – crucially, one fewer than Barrow stand-off Jamie Dallimore. Batley sit seventh in the table, with the Raiders two points adrift in eighth.

Hunslet were also pipped by two points – 24-26 – in their League 1 encounter at home to high-flying York City Knights after trailing 24-12 at half-time.

Joshua Jordan-Roberts, Nathan Chappell (2) and Jack Walton scored the tries for Hunslet, with Joe Sanderson landing four conversions.