Pendle Phoenix ease to victory

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PENDLE made five changes to the side, due to unavailability and injuries, but still eased to victory.

Phoenix opened the scoring with a textbook try after just two minutes.

A cleanly-taken line-out ball was moved through the backline of Waddington, Nathan Peverley and Wiseman, who turned the ball back inside to find the support of Rowland, who finished off the move to score under the posts. McCullough converted to give the Hodge House outfit the start they required.

Sedgley Park were left shell-shocked at the next line out when Rowland collected a clean ball and side-stepped his way through the defence to score his second try in the corner, the conversion just missing the uprights.

The Manchester side used their hard-running centres to try and batter a way through, but the Phoenix defence held strong, and when the ball was turned over at the ruck, quick hands allowed Canning to race free and stretch the score to a 19-point lead just before half-time.

The second half saw Phoenix bring on two props in Riley and Clapham, and give a well-deserved rest to Moss and Ricardo.

Pendle continued to drive the Sedgley Park pack backwards, and at a five-metre scrum, skipper Ben Peverley charged down a clearance kick and McCullough pounced on the ball to score, converting his own try to give a 24-point cushion.

Phoenix rounded off the afternoon with a slick handling move which involved both forwards and the backs, which found McCullough in space to score his second try of the game.

Pendle are still fine tuning parts of their game to play the exciting rugby which has become their trademark.

Pendle play Ashton-on-Mersey at home tomorrow, kick-off 2-15 p.m.

Pendle are always looking for new players and supporters if you want to be part of a young, successful club, contact Ben Peverley (07977992080).

Final Score: Sedgley Park 0, Pendle Phoenix 29