Hat-trick for Canning as Pendle Phoenix get back to winning ways

Pendle Phoenix returned to winning ways with victory over Clitheroe
Pendle Phoenix returned to winning ways with victory over Clitheroe
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Pendle Phoenix got back to winning ways when Clitheroe travelled over the hill to Hodge Houseon Saturday.

Phoenix welcomed back Lee Rowland and Michael Taylor after missing the previous week’s match.

Captain James Finucane choose to play against the wind in the first half, hoping that Pendle could play the territory game.

Both teams played hard in the first half, and both had opportunities to opening the scoring.

The first score came just before half-time when Pendle put pressure on the Clitheroe scrum, and a loose pass from the Clitheroe scrum half saw Liam Canning take advantage and score under the post.

Andy Dutton added the extras and Pendle went into half-time 7-0 up.

Straight from the restart, Pendle regained the ball and quick rucking from Phil Perry, Ben Macdermid and Craig Wiseman allowed Shaye McCullough clean ball, and he put Canning into a gap.

Drawing the last defender, Canning fed the ball to a supporting Dutton, who scored within 30 seconds of the restart.

Dutton took the conversion from his own try and Pendle extended their lead to 14-0.

The next 10 minutes saw Pendle camped on their own try line as Clitheroe pressured for a score.

Great defence from James Redford, Craig Wiseman and Sonny Waddington kept the Clitheroe attack at bay.

Clitheroe’s frustration boiled over though, and Pendle were awarded a penalty - a quick tap from McCullough found Clitheroe napping and Rob Lawless scored.

Dutton was again on target and Pendle took their lead to 21-0.

Now chasing the bonus point, Pendle were determined, but again Clitheroe had other ideas, and after relentless pressure Phoenix finally cracked to enable Clitheroe to score and reduce the arrears to 21-5.

Pendle soon claimed the four-try bonus point though, when Canning added his second score of the game.

With the conversion on target, Pendle moved to 28-5.

Canning was determined to get his hat-trick, and when Shawn Moss put in a big hit on the Clitheroe winger and Wiseman was quick to turnover the ball, Canning decided to go for the up and under and collect his own kick to score the final try of the game.

Dutton completed an excellent kicking display to give Pendle a 35-5 win.

The Crown Man of the Match was awarded to Canning for his hat-trick and hard work around the field.