Phoenix run riot to seal title against Hutton

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Pendle Phoenix were crowned Northern Division North Lancashire Division Two champions on Saturday after victory over Hutton at Hodge House.

From the start Phoenix went on the attack, and after James Finucane secured clean ball from the kick-off, Daniel Rowland fed Getty Schinkel, who found James Redford in space. He managed to break several tackles and feed Rob Lawless to score. Steve Kent added the extras.

Then strong runs from Lee Rowland, Nick Martin and Kent saw with an attacking line out just outside the Hutton danger zone. An impressive set move from the line out allowed Carl Wiseman space, and he drove hard into the heart of the defence before offloading to Ben MacDermid to score his first try of the season. Kent saw his resulting conversion sail wide.

Hutton were next to score when powerful running from their forwards resulted in a well-deserved try. The Hutton kicker added the extras and made it 12-7.

Pendle seemed to lose focus and the rest of the first half was a scrappy affair.

Pendle again started the second half with pace and power, as strong runs from Jammal Asghar, Lawless and Redford got them on the front foot, though the visitors managed to hold firm.

Hutton started to feel the pressure and when a clearance kick went straight to Lawless, he ran the ball back hard and found a hole out wide. When he was finally stopped, an excellent supporting line from Liam Canning saw him score.

Kent again saw his conversion soar right of the posts.

Phoenix got a bonus-point try when an excellent tackle from Wiseman and Kent saw Rowland quickly fed the Pendle back, and excellent interchange between Shaye McCullough, Sonny Waddington and Redford allowed Canning to score. Kent missed the conversion.

Pendle continued to attack, and Schinkel crossed the line for Phoenix’s fifth try of the game. Kent this time saw his kick squeeze home.

The last try of the game came from excellent team play when a scrum in Pendle’s half secured clean ball for the back. Excellent tracking lines from the back allowed Waddington to squeeze in the corner. Kent missed the conversion from out wide out on the touch line. However, Pendle had won 36-7.

Crown forward of the match was Shawn Moss and back of the match was Kris Boocock.