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1st XV - Match centre

Birkenhead Park
G Weightman, J Sutton, N Wooff
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
G Weightman (2)
C Park
Sat 9 Dec 14:00 - Northern Division - Northern Premier Full time

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With the first team pitch frozen, the game was able to go ahead on the artificial pitch - excellent for rugby, not very good for watching

The hard overnight frost meant that the game would normally been postponed, but the new 4G pitch was used for the first time for a First XV game.

Ben Leacock and Brett Ashley returned after injury, whilst Jacob Sutton came in at hooker. Danny Barker, Chris Downham and Matty Houghton, who had all been forced off with injuries at Hull, all started. James Gough returned on the bench after being unavailable due to work commitments.

Birkenhead Park, started the day twelve points and two places below Kendal in the final relegation place, but had picked up a losing bonus point against Ilkley last weekend.

171209 1st XV v Birkenhead Park
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Park opened the scoring after three minutes, with a penalty after Kendal had been caught offside. 0v3

Kendal came straight back and had an opportunity to draw scores level, but the kick failed.

Kendal stayed on the attack, and Glen Weightman went through a gap and passed to Liam Hayton, who whilst tackled, drove to the line, but could not get the ball down. Following the resulting scrum the ball was knocked on, to allow Birkenhead Park to clear the pressure.

The Kendal score finally came after ten minutes of play. Matty Houghton made a good break, but had the ball stolen from him in the tackle, but Jacob Sutton quickly stole the ball back, and set up Glen Weightman, who broke through the Park defence to score, but could not add the conversion 5v3.

Jacob Sutton was forced off for a short time for attention to a cut, with Alistair Thompson coming on, until Sutton was ready to return.

Birkenhead Park had the better of play, frequently keeping control of the ball through many phases of play, but rarely putting the Kendal defence in any danger. Regular handling errors and poor kicking giving the ball back to Park, meant Kendal could not get any period of control.

Despite being forced to defend for so long, it was Kendal who increased their lead at the end of the half. There was a poor tap down from a lineout throw, but Dini Noyo tidied it up and broke through, when he was stopped Jacob Sutton was in support and went through several tackles to score in the corner. Glen Weightman put over the difficult touchline conversion. 12v3.

It took only five minutes of the second half for Kendal to add a third try. The ball was moved quickly, and when it came to Nathan Wooff, he managed to jink through the defence, changing direction several times to evade tackles to score under the posts. Glenn Weightman added the conversion to stretch the Kendal lead. 19v3.

Birkenhead Park continued to play well, and finally after a long period of pressure in the Kendal twenty two they went over in the corner for an unconverted try. 19v8.

Kendal made their first change, with Chris Park coming on in place of Brett Ashley, with Nathan Wooff moving onto the wing.

Kendal continued to put themselves under pressure, by kicking ball away to allow Park to mount more attacks, keeping the ball in hand.

Chris Park was soon called into action, to make a tackle to stop a Birkenhead break down the right wing, but the ball was recycled and moved to the left for another try, to reduce the gap to one score. 19v13

Nerves were soothed when Birkenhead were penalised for a high tackle, and Chris Park put the kick over, to increase the gap to beyond a single score again. 22v13.

Birkenhead started to find more gaps in the Kendal defence, but a mixture of poor decisions and excellent tackling back kept them out, but finally with five minutes to play Park went over for a converted try. 22v20

Kendal brought on Alistair Thompson and James Gough for Matty Houghton and Danny Barker, and Kendal had their best spell of pressure of the half, and looked as if they were about to add the vital fourth try to seal victory, only for several players to be stopped on the try line. Then a pass from Glen Weightman to Dini Noyo was adjudged forward, giving Birkenhead a scrum near the line.

The ball was moved into the centre, and Park ran from their own line, breaking through the Kendal defence and a score looked certain, but somehow Chris Downham got back to drag the player down.

Downham was then yellow carded. Rather than attempt the penalty, which if successful would have given them the lead, Park put the ball to touch for a lineout.

When they were stopped Kendal were penalised again. Birkenhead were offered a much easier penalty, but despite calls from their bench, the spurned the kick for victory, and went for a scrum.

Despite it being the same referee who had officiated at Kendal’s late win at Sandal, this time the gamble did not pay off, and a Park handling error brought the game to a close.

On paper this was a bonus point dropped, but out on the artificial surface this was certainly three points gained, and Park will be desperately disappointed to be leaving with just a single losing bonus point, despite dominating much of the game.

After a good performance in defeat last week, this was a poor display in victory, and the team will have to play a lot better next weekend against Kirkby Lonsdale, if they are to get a first win on the grass of the main pitch. The good news is we, and they, know they can – whilst the team also seemed to come through without any further injuries.

Second largest total vote of season, nine players got votes but there was absolutely no doubt about the star man, with over 40% of the votes.
Setting up the first try and scoring the second.
13 League Games - 13 different Men of the Match

KendalBirkenhead Park
Nathan Wooff15Dave Hall
Brett Ashley14Chris NcNoe
Danny Barker13Lucas Titherington
Mike Fearon (21)12Ollie Wharton
Kris Bratton11Adam Wellington
Glen Weightman10Will Titherington
Dini Noyo9Sam Chidley
Duncan Green1Liam Sharples
Jacob Sutton2Stu Brown
Dom Musetti3Peter Doolan
Liam Hayton4Ben Marsh
Ben Leacock5Jack Ashcroft (c)
Matthew Charters6Matt Walls
Matty Houghton7Sean Mooney
Chris Downham8Ollie Mabbott
Chris Park (22)subGareth Jones
Alistair ThompsonsubLol Thomas
James Gough (20)subDave Morgan
Alan ChandrachudrefYorkshire Federation

PenBirkenhead Park303
TryKendal10Glen Weightman1153
TryKendal2Jacob Sutton39103
ConKendal10Glen Weightman40123
= = = = = = = = =HALF TIME40+4123
TryKendal15Nathan Wooff45173
ConKendal10Glen Weightman46193
TryBirkenhead Park?51198
Sub-onKendal22Chris Park52198
Sub-offKendal14Brett Ashley52198
TryBirkenhead Park?591913
PenKendal22Chris Park692213
TryBirkenhead Park?752218
ConBirkenhead Park?762220
Sub-onKendal?Alistair Thompson772220
Sub-offKendal7Matty Houghton772220
Sub-onKendal20James Gough772220
Sub-offKendal13Danny Barker772220
Y/CKendal8Chris Downham792220
= = = = = = = = =FULL TIME852220

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Jacob Sutton

Player of the Match

Jacob Sutton

Key moments

Penalty Penalty kicked for Birkenhead Park
Try Glen Weightman scores for Kendal
Try Jacob Sutton scores for Kendal
Conversion Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal
Try Nathan Wooff scores for Kendal
Conversion Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal
Try Try for Birkenhead Park
Try Try for Birkenhead Park
Penalty Chris Park kicks a penalty for Kendal
Try Try for Birkenhead Park
Conversion Conversion for Birkenhead Park

Videos and photos

171209 1st XV v Birkenhead Park
16 photos


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79:00 Yellow Card
Chris Downham is yellow carded for Kendal
77:00 Sub On
Alistair Thompson is substituted on for Kendal
77:00 Sub On
James Gough is substituted on for Kendal
76:00 Conversion 22 - 20
Conversion for Birkenhead Park
75:00 Try 22 - 18
Try for Birkenhead Park
69:00 Penalty 22 - 13
Chris Park kicks a penalty for Kendal
59:00 Try 19 - 13
Try for Birkenhead Park
54:00 Sub On
Chris Park is substituted on for Kendal
51:00 Try 19 - 8
Try for Birkenhead Park
46:00 Conversion 19 - 3
Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal
45:00 Try 17 - 3
Nathan Wooff scores for Kendal
End of period 1
40:00 +50:00 Player of the Match
Jacob Sutton is awarded player of the match for Kendal
39:00 Conversion 12 - 3
Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal
38:00 Try 10 - 3
Jacob Sutton scores for Kendal
11:00 Try 5 - 3
Glen Weightman scores for Kendal
3:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Penalty kicked for Birkenhead Park
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Kendal
  • Birkenhead Park
  • 0
  • Penalty 3:00'
  • Glen Weightman Try 11:00'
  • Jacob Sutton Try 38:00'
  • Glen Weightman Conversion 39:00'
  • Nathan Wooff Try 45:00'
  • Glen Weightman Conversion 46:00'
  • Try 51:00'
  • Chris Park Sub On 54:00'
  • Try 59:00'
  • Chris Park Penalty 69:00'
  • Try 75:00'
  • Conversion 76:00'
  • Alistair Thompson Sub On 77:00'
  • James Gough Sub On 77:00'
  • Chris Downham Yellow Card 79:00'

Team selection

Wooff, Nathan Wooff, Nathan
Ashley, Brett Ashley, Brett
Barker, Danny Barker, Danny
Fearon, Mike Fearon, Mike
Bratton, Kris Bratton, Kris
Weightman, Glen Weightman, Glen
Noyo, Dini Noyo, Dini
Downham, Chris Downham, Chris
Houghton, Matty Houghton, Matty
Charters, Matthew Charters, Matthew
Leacock, Ben Leacock, Ben
Hayton, Liam Hayton, Liam
Musetti, Dom Musetti, Dom
Sutton, Jacob Sutton, Jacob
Green, Duncan Green, Duncan

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Kirkby Lonsdale 26 57
9. Wirral 26 54
10. Kendal 26 53
11. Sandal 26 46
12. Birkenhead Park 26 33
13. Morley 26 31
14. Pocklington 26 23

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