Champions Pendle Phoenix sign off with derby win

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After being crowned RFU North Lancashire 2 champions, Pendle player-coach Getty Schinkel had his wish as Phoenix signed off the season off in style with a perfect record in 2015.

Straight from the off, Colne wanted to take the game to Pendle but excellent defence from Carl Wiseman, Craig Wiseman and James Redford kept them at bay.

Pendle were first to score when Rob Lawless found a hole in the Colne defence and great support from Steve Kent allowed him to squeeze in at the corner. James Redford missed the conversion.

Colne were dominating the scrum and this forced Pendle to make changes, with Nick Martin replacing Thomas Spencer in the front row. This had an immediate effect when Pendle managed to collect the ball from a secure scrum and direct running from Schinkel, James Finucane and Ben Macdermid drove Colne back into their own half.

It was a matter of time before that space opened up, and when it did Sonny Waddington raced clear to score. Again, from wide out, Finucane missed the conversion.

After the break Colne came out flying and had Pendle on the backfoot.

Phoenix needed strong defence and again excellent tackling from Carl Wiseman, Lee Rowland and Phil Perry stopped the Colne attack.

Colne, however, managed to camp themselves on the Pendle line and it became inevitable that they would score. When they did, the the extras were added, making the game a tense affair at 10-7.

Pendle’s task was made harder still when Redford, having a fine game, left the field with an injury. Phoenix brought on Jammal Asghar and he strengthened the middle of the park, making some rampaging runs into the heart of the Colne defence.

Pendle needed a score and it came when, from a turnover, Shawn Moss fed the ball to Shaye McCullough, who showed his pace to score the final try of the game. Lawless added the extras and Pendle extended their lead to 17-7.

Pendle awarded forward of the match to Craig Wiseman and his brother Carl Wiseman was back of the match.

• On Sunday, Colne and Nelson Under 14s enjoyed a first fixture against Bradford Salem RUFC, going down 36-27 in a cracking game.

Colne were 14-0 down after 10 minutes, before Josh Clamp took a quick tap and ran under the posts to make it 14-5, and from the kick-off, following Angus Stewart’s crashing run, Imy Shah drew the winger and found Ben Raw, who sprinted half the pitch to score, with Imy kicking the extras to make it 14-12.

Raw scored again under the sticks, before Imy found a gap to follow suit and forge a 22-14 lead.

Salem pulled it back to 22--21 at half-time, before moving nine ahead in the second half.

Raw claimed his hat-trick to take the score to 31-27, but Salem had the last word, sprinting the full length of the pitch to score.