Phoenix are narrowly defeated in wet and windy conditions

Pendle RUFC's Sonny Waddington

Pendle RUFC's Sonny Waddington

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Pendle Phoenix were narrowly beaten 10-5 at Thornton in Cleveleys on Saturday in a very tight encounter in wet and windy conditions.

Pendle pressed the home team, pinning them in their own half for the first 15 minutes and threatening the try line on many occasions, with only determined tackling keeping them out.

Phoenix managed to get the upper hand in the scrums, and from one of them almost crossed for the first try when James Redford was stopped just short.

Then Thornton gained some momentum and began to take the fight back to Phoenix, which resulted in the first try being scored from a breakaway by the home team.

After the break, Thornton kicked off , Ben Peverley caught the ball and carried into the heart of the opposing defence and off loaded to Caleb White, who made a trade mark barnstorming run and smashed through and passed out wide to Sonny Waddington, whose zig-zagging line left three Thornton defenders in his wake to score in the corner.

The rest of the half was a story of tackling and defence, with both sides cancelling each other out. It looked to be heading towards a draw until Thornton’s excellent scrum half picked up from a ruck and quickly side stepped through two tackles to once more score in the top corner. The supporters from both sides were treated to a great evenly-matched game which could have gone either way.