Pendle 45-24 Carnforth

Jack Edmondson in action for Carnforth.
Jack Edmondson in action for Carnforth.

Carnforth’s penultimate league game of the season ended in defeat at a strong Pendle outfit.

The visitors never recovered from the Nelson-based outfit’s opening burst as two tries in the opening five minutes stunned Carnforth.

Carnforth regrouped with Jack Edmondson making a superb break through the middle before man of the match Liam Hall stretched over the line only for the referee to deem he had lost control of the ball.

Dan Helme however soon scored his second try of the season after some excellent scrumaging with Edmondson converting.

But a devastating spell of running rugby saw the hosts run in four tries, two of which were converted, as they took a 31-7 lead.

Carnforth refused to buckle and just before half-time another Josh Wilson strike against the head saw the pack power Pendle back over their line for Hall to pick up and burst through for his first of the day.

The visitors knew a good start to the second half was vital, Matty Short, Helme and Dan Blenkharn made great breaks through the defence with Weed and Waterhouse linking from the front row.

Ten minutes in, another Carnforth penalty allowed a scrum from which Hall took two Pendle players over the line to score. Short converted with the deficit reduced to 12.

With eight minutes to go Carnforth went in search of another score but a loose pass saw the hosts run downfield to score and clinch the game.

Back came Carnforth however, Blenkharn making the break from another penalty before Waterhouse was on hand to finish the move with his third try of the season.

The final say went to the Pendle player of the match, the full back, with another excellent run seeing him finish the game in style.