The Youth Team were beaten 3-1 by Shrewsbury Town in the EFL Youth Alliance League on Friday.
Dale fell behind after just 15 seconds, with the visitors firing a fierce half volley home from a tight angle.
Joe Wright and Peter Thomas both sent efforts off target in reply, but it was the visitors who bagged the next goal, firing an effort into the bottom corner from outside the area.
Dale did pull one back in the second-half when Wright headed home from a right wing cross.
However, Shrewsbury scored a third shortly afterwards to secure the three points.
Dale XI | Kelly, Chorlton, Kinsella, Nock, DeSouza, Kershaw, Clarkson, Mialkowski, Scanlon, Thomas, Wright.