Phoenix pass big milestone

Rugby ball on a grass on a background of legs of players
Rugby ball on a grass on a background of legs of players

Pendle Phoenix have now scored over 500 points due to their exciting, open, running rugby.

Saturday saw Pendle take on Ashton-on-Mersey, the first time the clubs have met, in a Division 2 clash.

Fast, expansive running rugby was the order of the day, and a well-rehearsed move from a line out saw Jack Harwood drive over the try line to score the first five points.

The Phoenix pack once again set the platform for the back line to show off their handling skills, and the ball was quickly turned back inside for Liam Canning to surge through the Ashton defence to score in the corner.

Pendle continued to attack through their forwards, and after several phases of recycled ball, the forwards managed to release the ball to the back line, and quick hands once again gave scrum half Danny Rowlands the opportunity to score and round off what can only be described as a complete team effort!

Shaye Mcculloch added the extra two points to send Pendle in at half-time 17-0 up.

Phoenix made changes at half-time to try and give all available players a run out, also adding fresh legs to the game.

Skipper Ben Peverley added his name to the scoresheet when the pack drove the opposition back over their own try line, and he quickly planted the ball down firmly over the line. Lawless converted the try and Pendle moved onto a 24-point lead.

The opposition then tried to slow the game down by using kick and chase tactics, only on this occasion their game plan went wrong, and Micky Taylor collected the kick, showing his pace by running towards the opposition, and with a quick chip over the defence, Taylor collected his own ball to score in the corner.

The game then became very niggly as the opposition became very frustrated, and Pendle had two players sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes, giving Ashton a two-man advantage.

This allowed them to score a try and conversion, giving them their only points of the afternoon.

Pendle were very disappointed at letting the opposition score, but need to learn not to take the law into their own hands.

Tomorrow sees Fleetwood travel to Hodge House, kick off 2-15 p.m.