Pendle defeated in first derby with Burnley

Action from Pendle's derby defeat against Burnley on Saturday (s).
Action from Pendle's derby defeat against Burnley on Saturday (s).

Pendle went down to a 42-12 defeat against an inspired Burnley in the first-ever league meeting between the sides.

The visiting blue and golds looked the sharper side in the opening exchanges, but their dominance wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard as Burnley gave a number of penalties away.

After 30 minutes, Burnley’s strong scrum won a penalty, which Joe Parkinson kicked.

Shortly after, from a quick Simon Finnan tap penalty, Ashley Rothwell scored, with Parkinson adding the conversion.

Pendle rallied well with a strong run by their centre, but Burnley turned over the ball and, with a simple kick, would have cleared the danger.

However, the kick missed touch and Pendle ran back well to close the half 10-5 down.

Burnley were a different side in the second half, playing some exciting running rugby. Adam Wallis scored after a great run, which was converted. Then Adam Lee drew his man well, putting Finnan in.

Sam Moussey added a penalty after a great forward drive, then scored a great try after all the backs had handled the ball, converting his own try. Lee’s tireless support was rewarded as he went over, Moussey adding the conversion.

After more pressure, Burnley added another penalty, before Pendle scored a converted try.

Pendle are next in action at Bury a week tomorrow, kick-off 2-15 p.m.