Pendle Phoenix show some signs of life despite Bury loss

BURY BATTLE: Craig Wiseman of Pendle in action
BURY BATTLE: Craig Wiseman of Pendle in action

Pendle Phoenix entertained Bury RUFC at Hodge House on Saturday, looking for revenge as Bury had knocked them out of the Lancashire Cup recently.

The early part of the game was littered with mistakes and Bury took full advantage, racing into a 12-0 lead.

Showing signs of life following strong runs from Craig Wiseman, Jay Asghar and Riccardo Ferdenzi, Pendle soon found themselves in the Bury half.

A quick recycled ball from Dave Morris found Shaye McCullough, who sold a dummy and squeezed in under the post.

McCullough added the extras and Pendle reduced the arrears to 12-7.

Extra defence in the midfield from Carl Wiseman and Sonny Waddington kept Bury at bay and Pendle were hoping to keep Bury out until half-time, but unfortunately gave ball away too easily and Bury were once again celebrating a try, and Phoenix went in 17-7 behind.

Pendle began the second half much better, and it wasn’t long before James Hall, Michael Taylor and Sonny Waddington were making breaks.

However, these came to nothing with the final passes not finding a supporting player.

Bury capitalised once more and soon took total control of the game, scoring two unconverted tries and extending their lead to 27-7.

In recent games it has been at this point that Pendle have thrown in the towel and heads have dropped, but not on Saturday.

After a positive talk from captain James Finucane and vice captain Carl Wiseman, Pendle went back on the attack.

Bury started to give away penalties and Pendle once again found themselves in the Bury 22.

When Pendle caught the ball at the line out, excellent driving from the pack allowed Wiseman to score.

Unfortunately Pendle weren’t able to add the extras and the score remained 27-12.

With time running out, Pendle continued to attack and when Bury once again turned over ball in the Pendle half, the visitors scored with the final play of the game, to extend their lead to 34-12.

Pendle are showing signs of life again and with new players gaining valuable experience, the future is looking brighter.

Phoenix awarded the Crown Hotel man of the match to Ben MacDermid.

Pendle RUFC would like to thank match ball sponsors Inflamat for their continued support.