Pendle Phoenix make it nine wins from nine with derby success

Action from the derby between Pendle Phoenix and Colne and Nelson
Action from the derby between Pendle Phoenix and Colne and Nelson
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Pendle beat their local rivals at Hodge House to make it nine wins from nine games.

Phoenix quickly took the game to Colne with strong runs from Lee Rowland, Ben MacDermid and Rob Lawless seeing them camped in the All Blacks’ danger zone.

Good defence from the visitors kept Pendle at bay until a hole appeared and debutant Steve Kent powered his way over to open the scoring.

Lawless missed the conversion from in front of the post.

It wasn’t long before Pendle were celebrating another try. After a quick line out, Liam Canning fed Daniel Rowland, and he drew the defenders to slip a pass to James Redford.

Redford then drove his way over the line, and Rob Lawless nailed the conversion to take Pendle into a 12-0 lead.

Colne were determined to make the game a contest, and strong running from the forwards put Pendle on the back foot.

However, great defensive play from Phil Perry, James Finucane and Kent kept Colne out.

It wasn’t long before Pendle managed to turnover the ball and start a counter attack, which saw hard, straight running from Rob Lawless, Sonny Waddington and Craig Wiseman. Eventually the Colne defence cracked and Rob Lawless was stopped short of the line, but Nick Martin meant he was on hand to score the third try of the game.

Rob Lawless again made no mistakes with the conversion.

Pendle’s tails were up, demonstrated straight from the kick-off when Canning took the ball back to the Colne defence.

Quick rucking from Lee Rowland and Stu Riley allowed quick ball for Daniel Rowland.

He managed to give fast ball to the backs, and great interplay from Rob Lawless, Waddington and Redford allowed Shaye McCullough to score, securing the bonus point. Rob Lawless added the extras.

With the half-time whistle fast approaching, Colne began an attack on the Pendle line. Excellent defence from Pendle team Colne from scoring, but when Phoenix were adjudged to be off-side Colne took the opportunity to reduce the arrears to 26-3 with a penalty.

The second half saw both teams attacking hard and defending even harder.

On a few occasions tempers boiled over, however both teams played with great spirit.

There were no further scores in the game, and Pendle awarded the Crown Hotel forward of the match to Lee Rowland and back of the match to Kent.