An understrength Pendle Phoenix team were beaten 15-13 by former high-flyers Orrell who stole the points with a late try.
Orrell were the first on the scoresheet with a penalty when Pendle were caught offside at the ruck.
But Pendle soon hit back with a score of their own when Danny Rowland attacked the blindside from a tap penalty, moving the ball out wide where Sonny Waddington cut a great attacking line which attracted two Orrell defenders ,allowing Rowland to sell a dummy and dot down out wide, making the score 5-3 to Pendle.
Pendle were on the scoreboard again when a catch and drive from a lineout, followed by six phases of Phoenix play, resulted in quick recycled ball to the forwards, driven hard into the Orrell defence by Caleb White, creating space for the backs, before powerful flanker Carl Wiseman dived across the line for the try, making it 10-3 to Pendle at half-time.
Pendle had to continue the second half without England deaf International scrum half Rowland, and Orrell got the next score after a poor clearance kick was collected by their inside centre, who made a wide, arcing run which was supported by the winger, who cut back against the attack to score in the corner, making it 10-8 with 15 minutes to go.
Pendle stretched their lead to 13-8 after an off-side penalty was converted by Shaye McCullough.
With seven minutes to go, Orrell stole a Pendle lineout ball and quickly recycled the ball out to their scrum half, who sold a dummy to the Phoenix defenders to dot down between the posts and win the game with a converted try. Both sides played some excellent rugby in a game which could have easily gone either way. Pendle’s next opponents are table toppers Trafford Met.