Ruthless Pendle Phoenix earn bonus point with commanding win

Sonny Waddington in action for Pendle
Sonny Waddington in action for Pendle

Pendle welcomed Broughton to Hodge House this week hoping to secure a bonus point victory.

Following the game’s postponement earlier in the season, Pendle were keen to get this fixture out of the way.

Quickly, a strong Pendle team ran away with the fixture, scoring eight tries in awful conditions. The first came from a trademark catch and drive from the Pendle forward 5 metres out and resulted in Craig Wiseman scoring. With the wind very strong, it was always going to be a difficult kicking day for Andy Dutton. He missed his first conversation and the score remained 5-0.

The second try came courtesy of Rob Lawless before Dutton was this time on target and the score moved to 12-0.

The next score came from the scrum and when Pendle took the ball against the head Shaye McCullough found space and outpaced the Broughton covering defence to score the third try of the game. Battling against the elements, Andy Dutton gained the upper hand and nailed another conversation to move Pendle’s lead to 19-0.

The securing of the bonus point was soon in he bagwhenJames Hal sprinted clear to score under the posts.

Just before half time Pendle added a further two tries, first from Sonny Waddington and then a second from Rob Lawless to give Pendle a lead at half time of 40-0.

Conditions deteriorated but Pendle were able to score again when Nick Martin threw a dummy and ran in without a Borughton player touching him. Dutton again nailed the conversation and Pendle further added to the lead at 47-0.

The final try came from James Hall. Dutton rounded off a good performance with the added extras and Pendle finished the game 54-0 winners.

Pendle awarded the Crown Hotel Man of the Match to Rob Lawless.