Pendle Phoenix move five points clear at top of the table

PENDLE have secured a new sponsorship deal with the Station Hotel. Cerie McClure is pictured presenting new waterproof training tops to David King and Benjamin Peverley
PENDLE have secured a new sponsorship deal with the Station Hotel. Cerie McClure is pictured presenting new waterproof training tops to David King and Benjamin Peverley

PENDLE Phoenix played host to third place Wigan on Saturday and came away deserved winners after running in eight tries.

Phoenix had a simple but effective game plan which saw them move a much heavier pack around the park. They recycled the ball before going wide and using their pacey backs.

Danny Rowlands danced around the opposition from a line out move then raced clear to score under the posts, with Shaye McCullough adding the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

This was the only score of the first half, but straight from the restart Liam Canning showed his blistering pace after a well timed pass put him through to score.

Then slick handling by the whole back line found Jonny Harper with acres of space to score, and the conversion sailed over.

Winger Chris Taylor was on hand to score the next try in the corner. McCullough slotting the conversion.

Wigan were repelled by some bone crunching tackles, and the Phoenix forwards and backs were showing their handling skills - the ball moving quickly along the back line, finding Canning to round off a team try.

The last 15 minutes saw Pendle dominate Wigan and Canning scored another try, McCullough adding another two points.

Skipper Ben Peverley also scored when the forwards linked with the backs and cut open the Wigan defence to see him stretch the lead to 43-0.

The last try of the afternoon was pick of the bunch when the ball was recycled from the kick-off, moving through the forwards with slick offloading before contact, before Canning raced over for his fourth try of the afternoon to put Pendle five points clear with a game in hand.

Pendle entertain Tyldsley tomorrow at Hodge House, kick-off 3 p.m.