Pendle Pheonix 19, Newton-Le-Willows 3

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Pendle Phoenix got back to winning ways with a solid 19-3 victory against Newton-Le-Willows on Saturday.

Phoenix started strong but knew they were in for a hard afternoon when the first tackle from the Newton side flattened a Pendle player with a high tackle.

The Hodge House outfit were not put off with some of the tactics and tried to play attacking rugby, but were not able to penetrate the solid Newton defence.

The pack used their technique at the scrum to overcome a much larger pack which, on paper, should have driven Pendle backwards at every scrum, but the bragging rights went to the Pendle pack.

Dave King, Jack Harwood and Gary Pearson took over in the front row as Pendle had to use their bench early when they lost Carl Wiseman, Danny Owen and Craig Wiseman.

Newton were the first to score with a penalty after Pendle were caught offside at a ruck.

The half-time talk was about building phases of play instead of trying to score from every line out or scrum.

Pendle soon struck when a clean ball from the line out saw scrum half Tee Hempstead deliver a well-timed pass to James Redford, who coasted through the defence to give Danny Rowlands the easiest of conversions.

Pendle continued to apply pressure and when they were awarded a scrum five metres from the Newton line, it was the second row of Peverley and Wiseman that provided the power to drive the opposition back over their own try line, and vice captain Aldo Trapanese touched down to score a well-deserved try,

Rowlands was once again successful with the conversion.

The game seemed to deteriorate and become very scrappy after this score, and the referee had to talk to both captains about discipline.

Unfortunately for Newton they did not take the ref’s warning seriously, and at the next breakdown they lost a player to the sin bin.

Pendle took full advantage of their extra man, and when the ball was released to the backs, Sonny Waddington linked with Jan Askew, who found fellow winger Billy Gardner in space, and although he was held up short of the line, the ball was passed to Rowlands, who then fed Dave Morris with plenty of space to float a pass to Jonny Harper, who dived over the line to give Pendle a well deserved 19-3 win.

The Communicate Research man of the match was awarded to Jack Harwood.

Pendle are away tomorrow again Crosby St Mary’s from Liverpool.