Pendle Phoenix earned a 12-10 win at Bury on the back of a disappointing loss to league leaders North Manchester.
Bury started strongly and soon had their first five points, though the conversion was missed.
From the restart, Bury’s forwards drove into the Pendle half, and missed tackles allowed the Bury backs to score the next five points, with the attempted conversion again missed, giving Bury a 10-0 lead .
James Redford was then replaced with Jay Ashgar after sustaining a knee injury .
Bury were not having it all their own way, and driving runs from Ashgar ,Lawless and Hall put Pendle in a good driving position 10 metres from the try line, with good driving from the forwards allowing Carl Wiseman over the line, only to be held up,
the resulting scrum didn’t go Pendle’s way, and left the backs having to do some quick defending .
Turn over ball got the backs heading towards the try line, and an excellent driving maul by the forwards allowed Wiseman to score, Andy Dutton’s kick for the conversion was on target but found the crossbar, leaving it 10-5 to Bury at the break.
The second half was just as tense as the first, with both teams attacking from all areas. Pendle won a line out in the Bury 22, and a successful driving maul saw Wiseman score his second try. Dutton made sure with the boot to take Pendle into the lead.
The game continued with both sides attacking at every opportunity, but excellent defence kept Bury out to seal victory.
Pendle awarded the Crown Hotel man of the match to Wiseman for his control of the driving mauls.
Pendle would like to thank match ball sponsors XLCR for their continued support.