Phoenix turn over Garstang

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Pendle Phoenix travelled to take on Division One Garstang in the first round of the Lancashire Plate Competition, and turned the form book on it’s head.

The Hodge House side opened the scoring when they were awarded a penalty for a high tackle, slotted over by Shaye McCullough.

Pendle increased the lead when a well taken ball at the lineout allowed them to drive the opposition back before releasing Aldo Trapanese down the blind side to score.

Then a well-taken high kick allowed Craig Wiseman to start a counter attack, and Ben Peverley’s well-timed pass saw Carl Wiseman split the defence to score, giving Tee Hempstead a simple conversion.

Pendle stretched their lead when Hempstead was awarded a penalty for another high tackle for an 18-0 cushion.

The backs then scored a text book try when they moved the ball through hands at pace allowing Liam Canning to race clear and Hempstead converted.

The second half was dominated by the Pendle pack, as Pendle continued to put Garstang to the sword, and the next scrum saw them driven back off their own ball. Liam Canning picked up the ball and drove for the line, and as the tackle came in, he slipped the ball to Sonny Waddington to score, Hempstead added the conversion. It wasn’t long before Nathan Peverley split the defence to score in the corner, Hempstead converted from the touchline to give Pendle a 39-0 lead. Garstang had no answer to the Pendle scrum and were driven back over their own try line to allow Canning to touch down and score, once again Hempstead converted the try.

Garstang never gave up and scored a well deserved try, but Pendle drove Garstang’s pack 15 metres back over their own line as Canning claimed his hat-trick.

Pendle now travel away to Warrington for their next fixture against Eagle.