Pendle up and running after home victory

Action from Pendle's 15-3 win over Garstang (s).
Action from Pendle's 15-3 win over Garstang (s).
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Pendle started their home campaign with a 15-3 victory over Garstang on Saturday.

Getty Schinkel was able to select a strong team, including their new Kiwi prop Caleb White and Alex Woodcock in the centres.

Shortly after kick-off, Pendle managed to recycle the ball from a catch and drive, and then a short ball from fly half Schinkel was offloaded to James Redford on the wing

Redford’s excellent running and ability to avoid two tackles saw him cross the whitewash in the top corner, with the conversion missed.

Within 10 minutes, Redford was forced to come off through injury and was replaced by Steve Kent, who slotted into the centre, with Shaye McCullough moving out to the wing.

Pendle continued their strong running in the centres from Kent and Woodcock, and Garstang seemed to prefer to kick the ball rather than run it. They managed to secure a penalty after a Pendle infringement in front of the posts and cut the deficit to two points at half-time.

Throughout the match Pendle dominated the lineouts, and they scored their second try when Rob Lawless received the ball after it had been pushed wide and stormed over in the corner, but was unable to add the extras.

Pendle’s mixture of powerful runners, beautifully balanced running and unwavering defence was making things increasingly difficult for Garstang, and the pressure began to tell when an ascendancy in power in the scrum from Pendle led to them scoring the third try after a scrum turnover ball was moved wide to McCullough, who found a gap and raced through to make it 15 -3.

The Crown Hotel man of the match was Rob Lawless for his tireless running and powerful tackling.