Pendle Phoenix soar above Eagle

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PENDLE travelled to Warrington last Saturday and beat Lancashire Bowl winners Eagle.

The Hodge House side found themselves under pressure from the kick-off, with the huge Eagle pack tearing into them. This pressure caused Pendle to panic and Eagle were gifted the first try when the ball went loose from a Phoenix scrum and the agile scrum half dived on the loose ball.

Pendle continued to soak up the pressure and only strong tackling from Liam Canning, King and Harwood kept out the Warrington attack.

Eventually Pendle found their rhythm and started to move the heavier Eagle pack around the park, leaving holes in their defence, and a quickly-taken tap penalty by Danny Owen found Shawn Moss, who fed Carl Wiseman to score in the corner.

Pendle continued to win the aerial battle at the line out, and a catch and drive by Canning sucked in the opposition. A quick pass from Danny Rowlands found new signing Ian Wiseman with enough time to draw his man and float a pass to Wiseman to score his second try.

Eagle continued to attack but could not break through the strong Pendle defence. A kick and chase game was now Warrington’s attack, but a well-fielded ball by Micky Taylor started Pendle’s counter attack from deep inside their own half. A swerving run by Rob Lawless found Nathan Peverley in support, who then carried the ball deep into the Eagle half, and Sonny Waddington was on hand to give the final pass to Ben Peverley to drive over the line to score. Tee Hempstead converted to give Pendle a 17-5 lead.

Just before half-time Phoenix lost Moss and Rowlands through injuries,

Eagle seized the opportunity to score a try and conversion, to pull the score back to 17-12.

Half-time saw Pendle use their bench to give the physio time to do running repairs.

Nick Martin, Craig Wiseman and Jan Askew held the fort, showing the strength in depth of the squad.

The Phoenix fitness levels were now starting to show, the pack eventually wearing down the opposition scrum and driving them back off their own ball, giving the Pendle backs the opportunity to attack.

The final try went to Paul McGladdery when he charged down a clearance kick and followed up to touch down for a try,. Hempstead converted to give Pendle a 24-12.

The George Askew man of the match trophy was awarded to Pendle scrum half Rowlands.

Tomorrow, Pendle will take on Ashton-Under-Lyne at Hodge House, kick-off 3 p.m.