Pendle Phoenix eye title victory!

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Pendle Phoenix continued their winning ways when they secured their 13th straight win at Fleetwood on Saturday

Straight from the kick-off the Phoenix forwards collected the ball and drove deep into the Fleetwood 22, where they recycled the ball at speed to allow the backs to attack.

Unfortunately Nathan Peverley was tripped by a Fleetwood player, and a penalty kick was awarded.

Shaye McCullough was just wide with the kick, but quick-thinking Jonny Harper chased the ball and beat the Fleetwood defence to the touchdown to give Pendle a five-point lead.

The game was played at a ferocious pace by both sides, but Phoenix cut down any attack that Fleetwood mounted.

Pendle had a line out five metres out from the Fleetwood try line, and an accurate throw from Danny Owen allowed Liam Canning to tap the ball down to Aldo Trapanese, who darted around the defence to score in the corner.

At half-time Pendle made some changes to give everyone a run out and rest players that had picked up knocks.

Phoenix showed why they have the best defence in the league when they had two players sin binned and were reduced to 13 men for 10 minutes, but good communication and technique in defence stopped Fleetwood breaking through.

Phoenix continued to apply pressure, using off loading before contact to keep the ball alive when Paul McGladdery found a hole in the Fleetwood defence, and a well-timed pass saw skipper Ben Peverley crash over. Phoenix were in total control at the scrums with Harwood, Clapham and King giving the front row the stable platform which allowed the backs space to show their handling skills, and this led to Sonny Waddington splitting open the defence to score in the corner.

Tomorrow Pendle host to Littleborough and a win will see them crowned league champions with two games still to play, kick-off is 3 p.m..