Pendle Phoenix claim the derby spoils

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PENDLE Phoenix claimed the derby honours as they travelled the short distance to local rivals Colne and Nelson on Saturday.

Phoenix were hoping to bounce back from last week’s loss and take the spoils.

Phoenix started the game in determined fashion and were hoping for a fast start, but Colne had other ideas.

Pendle were put on the back foot from the home side’s superior scrum driving Phoenix back at every opportunity.

Forced into a defensive position, Jay Asghar, Liam Canning and Carl Wiseman made big tackles to prevent the hosts from scoring.

With Ben Peverley sin binned early in the first half, Pendle were forced to work even harder to attack the Colne line.

Put under pressure by the counter-attacking from Pendle’s back line, Colne conceded a penalty and captain James Finucane decide to take a shot at goal.

James Redford stepped up and nailed the kick between the posts, allowing Pendle to open the scoring at 3-0.

With Redford’s score settling any early nerves, Pendle began to attack with greater fervor and conviction.

Runs from Paul McGladdery, Danny Rowland and Shaye McCullough saw Colne hold strong though, and both sides exchanged blows in the centre of the field.

However the added power of Riccardo Ferndizi gave Pendle the edge in the scrum and enabled the visitors to withstand Colne’s pack.

With Pendle now competing well at the breakdown, they were able to penetrate the Colne defence.

Andy Dutton attacked the gain line and popped a pass to Rob Lawless, who broke through two defenders and raced away to the line to score on the right hand side.

Redford added the extras and Pendle led 10-0.

Pendle were hoping to see the rest of the half out and go into half-time with a 10-point lead, however Colne were able to take advantage of Pendle falling asleep at the scrum and, winning a ball against the head, found their speedy full back, who sprinted away to score in the corner and reduce the arrears to 10-5.

With the game tight and both teams attacking hard after the break, a last gasp tackle from Danny Rowland that managed to stop Colne from scoring again.

This tackle proved to have extra importance when Liam Canning turned over the ball and allowed Pendle to counter attack.

When Phoenix found themselves in the Colne 22, Asghar drew two players out of the defence and popped the ball to a supporting Nick Martin, who powered his way to the line and touched down triumphantly.

Phoenix now had the bit between their teeth and started attacking at every opportunity.

Even Liam Canning being sent to the sin bin wasn’t enough to deter Pendle.

Tarquinn Hempstead deftly broke through the Colne defence only to be prevented from scoring by a foul.

Pendle continued their attack, and when Canning returned to the field it wasn’t long before Phoenix were celebrating yet another try as excellent attacking play from Hempstead, Shaye McCullough and Daniel Rowland found Finucane in space to score the final points of the game.

Taking the spoils at 20-5, Pendle Phoenix maintained their unbeaten record against their adversaries.

Daniel Rowland was awarded the Sapphire Man of the Match for his excellent defensive and attacking play throughout the game.

Pendle Phoenix would like to thank The Crown Hotel for match day ball sponsorship and their continued support throughout the year.