Pendle Phoenix lose home record

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Pendle Phoenix suffered their first home defeat since November 2009 as league leaders Manchester Medics claimed victory at fortress Hodge House.

Pendle were first to score when slick handling by the backs found Danny Owen with enough room to squeeze in at the corner for a try.

Both sides played open running rugby and either side could have scored if the final pass had gone to hand.

Pendle made eight changes from last week’s starting team to enable all squad members a run out.

Manchester came back with a try of their own, when a mix up at the back of the scrum enabled the Medics scrum half to collect the ball and dive over the line to bring the half time score to 5-5.

Phoenix had to reshuffle at half-time due to injuries sustained in a physical contest. A breakdown in the defence’s communication allowed the Manchester winger to score in the corner and give the Medics a 5-10 advantage.

Pendle never gave up and continued to attack the Medics line but once again wrong decisions in the critical areas allowed the Manchester side to keep Phoenix out.

Manchester were now starting to dominate the Pendle scrum and a quick pass allowed the Medics to score a well worked try which was converted to 5-17.

Pendle now threw everything at the Manchester line but strong tackling kept the Phoenix attack at bay and saw Manchester run out 5-17 winners.

The Station Hotel man-of-the-match went to Pendle’s Danny Owen.

Pendle must now bounce back as they travel away to Chorley on Saturday.