Phoenix bounce back as Woodcock scores four tries
Pendle responded to the heavy defeat they suffered in their last match at Tarleton by beating high-flying Thornton 36-10 on Saturday.
Phoenix, with a number of players returning, were able to field a full-strength team, and were first on the scoreboard after centre Alex Woodcock dotted down within minutes of the kick-off.
James Redford, playing at stand off, added the conversion.
Thornton were able to cut the deficit after they were awarded a penalty for Pendle handing in the ruck.
With Pendle continuing to up the pressure after a successful lineout, the ball was carried forward by powerful prop Caleb White, who smashed through the opposing defence, the ball being recycled three times and fed out to Woodcock, who was on hand to take the ball at pace and cross the whitewash for his second score.
Redford added the extras to make it 14-3.
Just before half-time, Woodcock went in for his hat-trick try.
Thornton were finding it difficult to make any inroads into the Pendle defence, and with the home side playing with speed and accuracy, it was only a matter of time before they scored again.
The ball was spread wide out to the touchline, and then quickly switched back inside to scrum half Danny Rowland, who drew his man and offloaded to the inside centre to score his and Pendle’s third.
The sides went in at half-time with Phoenix 19-3 to the good.
Pendle came out for the second half and continued to put pressure on the visitors, and after winning a lineout and driving hard towards the opposition line, the ball then recycled quickly out to White, who barged his way past the defence to score Pendle’s bonus point try.
Thornton took advantage of a lapse in concentration from Pendle and managed to cross the line, after their scrum half went on a mazy run to score a great individual try between the posts.
But their rejuvenation was short-lived, and Phoenix added to their score when skipper James Finucane crossed over after a Pendle penalty was smartly recycled several times, ending with the dive over try.
Pendle were then reduced to14 men after an altercation in the ruck resulted in a red card for Sonny Waddington.
The last try of the game was once again down to Woodcock, when the ball was stolen in open play and offloaded to him to breeze past the last defender and make the final score Pendle 36, Thornton 10.
Pendles next game is away to Bury on Saturday.