Pendle Phoenix seal league title win!

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Pendle Phoenix secured the University of Salford NWL Second Division North title with a 10-try demolition of Littleborough.

Phoenix, unbeaten at Hodge House since December 2009, had a simple but devastating game plan, and Littleborough could not handle their pace and skill.

The forwards moved the opposition from one side of the pitch to the other with phase after phase of recycled ball, and once the defence had been stretched, the ball was moved to the pace men who then scored at will, with Shaye McCullough converting all 10 tries.

Liam Canning opened the scoring when he latched onto a well-timed pass from Jack Harwood.

Then scrum half Danny Rowland showed his side stepping skills when Dave King popped the ball to him just before contact.

Once again, a well-worked line out move saw Carl Wiseman deliver the perfect pass and McCullough outpaced the defence.

In the second half, Rowland received a perfect pass from Sonny Waddington and skipped around the defence to score.

From the tap penalty, Nathan Peverley launched an attack that went full length of the field, involving eight pairs of hands, ending with Canning scoring under the posts.

Straight from the restart Ben Peverley found Luke McNamee in space, who floated a pass to Rob Lawless, who stepped inside his man and put on the after burners to score.

Vice Captain Aldo Trapanese charged down a clearance kick and then followed up and won the race to touch down.

Pendle were awarded a penalty for another high tackle and quick-thinking Canning tapped the ball to himself and raced 50 metres to seal his hat-trick.

Not to be out done, Rowland matched him when Pendle were awarded a penalty for another high tackle, tapping the ball to himself and beating two defenders before running the length of the field to score.

Pendle are now promoted to the RFU league after four league titles in five seasons - something which has taken other clubs over 80 years to achieve!

Pendle now have need 30 points from two away games to break a league record of 873 points in one season - a tough test against Wigan and then Rossendale.