Four tries for Rowland as Pendle Phoenix earn convincing win

Pendle Phoenix ran out worthy winners
Pendle Phoenix ran out worthy winners

Pendle welcomed Carnforth to Hodge House on Saturday, and eventually eased to victory.

Phoenix ran the ball straight from the kick-off. Craig Wiseman drove hard into the heart of the defence, and quick recycled ball allowed the backs to run, giving Phil Perry time and space to feed Daniel Rowland to open the scoring, with captain for the day James Redford kicking the conversion.

The Pendle forwards were running hard and straight, but when Nick Martin was brought down short of the line, Redford was on hand to collect the ball and score an unconverted try.

But a mix-up in the Pendle backs gifted a try to the visitors, and they added the extras to reduce the arrears.

Pendle continued to run the ball at every opportunity, and the pressure finally proved too much for Carnforth as Rowland added his second try of the game.

Again Redford added the extras and Pendle stretched their lead to 19-7.

With Pendle keen to secure the bonus point, it wasn’t long before they broke the Carnforth defence when excellent interplay between Carl Wiseman and Michael Taylor cleared the path for Shawn Moss to sprint to the line for the fourth try. The conversion was missed and the score remained 24-7.

Pendle weren’t resting on their laurels, and a strong run from Jay Asghar drew in Carnforth defenders. When he managed to free his hands and feed Rowland, he was able to out-sprint the full back and complete his hat-trick before half time. Redford again converted to make it 31-7.

However, Phoenix were rocked just before half-time when Rob Lawless had to the leave the field after injuring his neck. Carnforth took advantage of Pendle’s re-organistration and scored a push over try which was converted to make it 31-14 at the break.

Carnforth started the second half the better and when Pendle lost Sonny Waddington, they took a while to re-organise. Carnforth had scored 10 points and Pendle were starting to worry.

Phoenix made a few changes and regained control. Lee Rowland and Perry were able to put in some big tackles and Craig Wiseman turned ball over. Shaye McCullough was able to feed Carl Wiseman, who beat five defenders and sprinted to the line. Redford added the extras and Pendle moved to 38-24.

The final try came from Pendle when they were able to feed the back some clean ball. Quick hands resulted in James Hall finding space and managing to feed Daniel Rowland, who scored his fourth try of the game. Redford scored the extras and finished the game with a 71% kicking average.

The Crown Man of the Match was Daniel Rowland.