Phoenix stay out in front

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Pendle Phoenix returned to action for the the first time in six weeks in style, but only after a slow start.

Ormskirk scored and converted a try within minutes of the kick-off.

Phoenix’s reply was instant though, as good work from Shaye McCullough set up Michael Taylor, who outpaced the defence to score in the corner.

Tee Hampstead added the extras to level the scores.

Hempstead scored the next try himself after selling the defence a dummy and cruising under the posts, before converting the try to put Pendle in command.

Full back Jonny Harper then added his name to the scoresheet, collecting Sonny Waddington’s inside pass to score, but Hempstead was off target with his conversion.

Liam Canning then burst through with an unconverted try to stretch the lead to 26-7 and seal the points.

Slick handling allowed Dave King a 25 metre charge to the line for the next try, before Nathan Peverley added the final try of the game after a well-worked move, with Hempstead adding a final conversion.

The comfortable victory sees Phoenix stay at the top of the Division Two table, with a game in hand on the chasing pack.

Tomorrow sees Pendle entetin Clitheroe at Hodge House, kick-off 2-25 p.m.