Hat-trick for Rowland as Pendle Phoenix edge thriller

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Pendle edged another close encounter with Old Bedians in Manchester on Saturday.

Old Bedians came straight out of the blocks and the pressure saw them win four penalties -with two taken.

Phoenix camped in the Old Bedians’ red zone, and when Lee Rowland, Craig Wiseman and Ben Harper presented excellent ball at the scrum, Liam Canning powered over. But Canning was then sin binned before half-time, and Old Bedians found a hole to score.

However, Pendle responded as Rob Lawless drove hard at the defence. Quick Ball from Daniel Rowland found Jay Asghar, and when Old Bedians brought him down, he offloaded to Daniel Rowland to score.

Lawless’ conversion soared wide and Old Bedians led 11-10 at the break.

In the second half, Phoenix went on the attack and eventually scored when Steve Kent hit man and Sonny Waddington collected the loose ball before being brought down metres from the line, with Daniel Rowland scoring his second try. Lawless missed the conversion, meaning Pendle led 15-11.

Rowland raced away to score his hat-trick but Lawless again missed the conversion.

With time running out, Old Bedians scored a well-deserved try and slotted the extras, but Pendle held on.

The Crown forward of the match was Shawn Moss, and back of the match was Daniel Rowland.