PENDLE Phoenix produced a 24-carat performance to rub the sparkle off the Maroon and Golds of Clitheroe.
The Phoenix pack showed their dominance in the derby when they drove the Littlemoor pack backwards at the first scrum. Technique outshone size, and the work of the front row of Ben Harper, Daniel Owen and Dave King caused the opposition to buckle.
Pendle drew first blood when the ball was moved along the backline of Hempstead, Peverley, Waddington and Harper, who found Taylor in space and he raced into the corner. McCullough kicked the conversion and Pendle moved into a 7-0 lead.
Pendle had to go to the bench early when Hempstead twisted his knee in a tackle and had to be replaced by Rowland, but it wasn’t long before he made his presence felt when Craig Wiseman placed a kick over the opposition’s heads and Rowland regained the ball and scored to take Pendle into half time 12-0 up.
Clitheroe continued to attack but they were stopped in their tracks by Canning, McNamee and Trapanese who tackled everything that that was thrown at them. Pendle, on a number of occasions, were unlucky not to add to their two tries when the final pass didn’t go to hand with the line at their mercy.
The Phoenix pack won a clean ball at a scrum inside their own 22 metre line, and when substitute Rowland decided to attack the blindside there was no-one to stop him as he swerved around the winger and side stepped the full back to score a solo try to take the score to 17-0.
Clitheroe never gave up but the defensive wall that Pendle set up was not going to be penetrated, and from Pendle’s relentless pressure, a kick was charged down by Trapanese, who followed up to score under the sticks. McCullough again slotted the extras and Phoenix ran out deserved winners 24-0.
Phoenix travel to Leigh tomorrow.
Anyone interested in joining Pendle Phoenix should contact Benjamin Peverley (07977992080) or visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/pendle1/