Pendle stroll to victory in first game of new year

Action from Pendle's 63-10 win over North Manchester (s).
Action from Pendle's 63-10 win over North Manchester (s).
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After a number of weeks without a game due to bad weather, Pendle finally enjoyed their first outing of 2016, beating North Manchester 63-10.

With only a few minutes on the clock, Carl Wiseman’s turnover from the ruck was driven hard by the pack before releasing the backs, who moved the ball quickly to James Redford, who sidestepped his way through.

Then a strong drive allowed Danny Rowland to quickly ship the ball on to Rob Lawless, who smashed through to make it 10-0.

Pendle were now camped in the Manchester half, and when New Zealander Caleb White caught the ball and set up a ruck, once again quick ball and sublime handling by the backs found Paul McGladdery out wide to squeeze into the corner.

The Manchester side were struggling to deal with the pressure, and Craig Wiseman and Lee Rowland carried deep into opposition territory, where Rueben Gill passed the ball out of contact to Alex Woodcock, who finished off the move. Lawless converted.

Then a Manchester lineout was stolen by captain James Finucane, and the ball passed onto Ben Peverley, who linked well with the backline before Brad Ramshead sidestepped his way over. Once again Lawless added the extras.

Lawless scored the next try just before half-time to make it 34-0 at the break.

North Manchester scored the next try from a five metre scrum when their number eight went over in the corner from the short side.

Pendle replied immediately when Carl Wiseman took the ball and drove up to the 22 and offloaded to Woodcock, who crossed for his second ff the day, with Lawless adding the conversion.

Manchester scored a second try to make it 49-10, but Pendle regained control and Lawless went over for his hattrick after great work from Gill.

The next score came as powerplay by the forwards found Sonny Waddington at pace, and though a last-ditch tackle stopped him scoring, but he popped the ball up to Ramshead to go over.

The final score of the day came when the superb Carl Wiseman finished off exciting interlinking play between forwards and backs.