Pendle Phoenix on fire

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PENDLE Phoenix’s 12-try demolition of Tyldesley cemented a 12th consecutive victory as they maintained their stranglehold on the Division Two title.

It took Pendle 15 minutes to produce the first score of the afternoon when a cleanly-taken ball at the line out found Nick Martin charging into the heart of the Tyldesley defence, and his pass found Jonny Harper, who, in turn popped a well-weighted pass to hooker Danny Owen, who charged over the line to score. Shaye McCullough converted.

Pendle’s scrimmaging technique caused a much heavier pack to be driven backwards off their own ball, and a quick dart down the blind side by scrum half Danny Rowland found support from his number eight Aldo Trapenezi who dived over to score. Once again McCullough converted.

Straight from the restart Pendle spread the ball wide inside their own 22 before skipper Ben Peverley’s piercing pass found McCullough who converted his own score.

Pendle finished off the first half with a fine solo try from Rowland who side-stepped his way through before placing the ball down between the posts to allow an easy conversion for McCullough.

After the interval, replacement winger Dave Morris scored in the corner and substitute Nathan Peverley was next to make a claim for a start when he darted the Tyldesley defence with his electric pace to score in the corner which McCullough converted to give Pendle a 40-0 lead.

Replacement props Clapham and Riley held the scrum solid, which allowed Rowland to pick up from the base of the scrum and go on one of his mesmerising runs, leaving the opposition clutching at thin air as he again raced under the posts to provide McCullough with a textbook conversion.

Tyldesley heads were down but Pendle’s determination to do simple things right allowed them to put Liam Canning into space and his acceleration saw him ease over the line. McCullough missed his first conversion attempt of the game as he struck the upright.

At the next scrum, deep inside the Pendle 22, the home back row ran a well-rehearsed move which allowed McNamee to put Rowland into space, and a change of pace and a drop of the shoulder saw the full back beaten and Rowlands went over for his hat-trick.

Pendle were now in total control and when the ball was turned over at the breakdown, two quick passes at pace saw captain Peverley crash over to score. Pendle were patient and when the ball was recycled after seven phases of play Canning scored and McCullough added the conversion.

Phoenix rounded off the afternoon with a move that saw both backs and forwards off-loading the ball before finding Sonny Waddington, and with two defenders to beat he forced a way through to drive over for the 12th try of the afternoon. McCullough added the conversion to make it 78-0.

Pendle travel to Fleetwood tomorrow hoping to make it 13 wins in a row.