Pendle claim derby win over All Blacks

A muddy scrum in the derby on Saturday (s).
A muddy scrum in the derby on Saturday (s).

Pendle won the first local derby of the season, beating Colne and Nelson 17-10 at Swinden.

Colne and Nelson..............10

Pendle won the first local derby of the season, with this rearranged match played out in miserable wet conditions at Swinden.

Colne and Nelson were the first to score after putting a lot of pressure on Pendle from the kick-off, playing some good running rugby in the adverse conditions.

Pendle were caught off-side at the ruck and found themselves three points down after the penalty conversion.

The game continued to run very close, with both sides creating chances

But Pendle were the next to score when the ball was fed out from the back of a five-metre scrum to Alex Woodcock, who quickly moved it on to Ben Peverley, who crashed over for the try, which was converted by Rob Lawless to make the score 7-3 to Pendle at half-time.

The second half kicked off in worsening conditions, and Pendle were next to score, and began taking a measure of control, with Woodcock breaking through the Colne defence to dot the ball down over his head to make it 12 -3.

Woodcock was again on the scoresheet for Pendle’s next try – his second try of the day.

With only a few minutes left on the clock, Colne put the home side under pressure from a five-metre scrum and got the last score of the day, after a mix up at the back of the scrum, which they converted to make the final score 17-10.

The result leaves Pendle second bottom in the Lancashire (North) Division, seven points behind Colne.

Pendle’s next home game is against Orrell tomorrow, while Colne and Nelson take on Garstang, also at home, tomorrow.