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1st XV - Match centre

K Bratton
G Weightman
G Weightman, C Park
L White, L White, L White
Sat 27 Jan 14:00 - Northern Division - Northern Premier Full time

So Close

Harrogate took the lead for the first time with just four minutes of normal time to play, to end a much improved Kendal defensive performace.

There were few changes after the big defeat at Preston Grasshoppers last weekend. Dini Noyo moved to scrum half with Brett Ashley coming onto the wing. Garry Holmes moved to hooker, with Dan Greenwood taking his place in the back row. Chris Park and Ben Dixon came in on the bench. In a late change Dom Musetti, suffering from a virus, moved to the bench with Jack Lashley starting.

Harrogate started the day in fourth place sixteen points ahead of Kendal, with two games in hand against league strugglers, but Kendal had pushed them for much of the away game, earlier in the season.

There was a strong crossfield wind, but it did not spoil the game, and in the opening exchanges both teams seemed keen to play with the ball in hand, rather than kicking.

180127 1st XV v Harrogate
19 photos

With Dom Musetti on the bench, No.8 Matthew Charters led the team out.

After sustaining some early pressure from Harrogate, Kendal had a good attack, with Glen Weightman breaking through, with the move taken on by Nathan Wooff, but he could not get the ball away to Kris Bratton in the left wing.

Kendal took the lead after twelve minutes. Kris Bratton collected a Harrogate clearance kick near halfway, and weaved through, beating a number of attempted tackles, then sprinting away to score. Glen Weightman converted. 7v0.

Kendal were quickly back on attack. There was a good run from Dini Noyo, who offloaded to Danny Barker, who made ground, then passed back to Dini Noyo, who had stayed in support. When the ball was re-cycled, Harrogate were penalised, and Glen Weightman extended the Kendal lead. 10v0.

The fast Kendal defence was forcing a number of handling errors from Harrogate.

For a second week, the Kendal scrum was in trouble, and were forced to concede a number of penalties.

With half an hour played, Harrogate narrowed the lead. Kendal seemed to have stolen the ball, but the referee decided illegally, and Harrogate outside half Luke White put the kick over. 10v3

Jack Lashley came off with Dom Musetti coming on.

Using the wind, Glen Weightman put a mammoth kick from his own twenty-two, to close to the Harrogate line, but Harrogate won the lineout and held out until half time.

Kendal started the second half putting a number of phases of play together, but the Harrogate defence held out.

Early in the half Chris Park came on for Nathan Wooff, whilst Jack Lashley returned again for Dom Musetti.

Kendal held out until twenty five minutes into the half, when Harrogate outside half Luke White, put over a penalty when Kendal were caught offside. 10v6

Kendal made a further change with Ben Dixon coming on for Dan Greenwood.

Kendal quickly extended their lead again. Glen Weightman, put a long kick to touch, and at the lineout Harrogate conceded a scrum for a not straight throw. After earlier dominating in the scrum, Harrogate conceded a penalty. Substitute Chris Park, put over the difficult kick, into the cross wind. 13v6.

With only eight minutes to play, when awarded a penalty, Harrogate chose to go for the points, rather than look for a try to tie the scores, and Luke White narrowed the lead. 13v9.

Dom Musetti returned for Jack Lashley.

The re-started kick was returned by Harrogate, and the ball was fumbled, to give Harrogate a scrum. There was then a good run from the scrum, which took play from halfway into the Kendal twenty two, but the defence got back and held out forcing Harrogate into touch.

Harrogate stole the Kendal throw, and their forwards set up a drive for the line. Throughout the afternoon, the Kendal forwards had held out against this tactic, but this time they could not stop Harrogate getting to the line and grounding the ball to take the lead. The conversion failed. 13v14.

Harrogate played the game out, with their forwards retaining the ball, often going backwards, but making sure Kendal had no chances, and when time ran out the ball was put to touch for a narrow victory.

A much improved Kendal defensive performance, but the difficulties in winning clean ball at both set pieces, meant the back division were rarely given opportunities to attack.

Another tough game next weekend, with a visit to second place Lymm, but they could only get a narrow win against Birkenhead Park this weekend. The standout result however is undoubtedly Preston Grasshoppers first loss of the season, at Kirkby Lonsdale


TryKendal14Kris Bratton1250
ConKendal10Glen Weightman1370
PenKendal10Glen Weightman16100
PenHarrogate10Luke White30103
sub-onKendal16Dom Musetti31103
sub-offKendal3Jack Lashley31103
= = = = = = = = =HALF TIME40+2103
sub-onKendal23Chris Park47103
sub-offKendal15Nathan Wooff47103
sub-onKendal3Jack Lashley48103
sub-offKendal16Dom Musetti48103
PenHarrogate10Luke White64106
sub-onKendal19Ben Dixon65106
sub-offKendal6Dan Greenwood65106
PenKendal23Chris Park68136
PenHarrogate10Luke White72139
sub-onKendal16Dom Musetti73139
sub-offKendal3Jack Lashley73139
= = = = = = = = =FULL TIME821314

Nathan Wooff15Davd Doherty
Kris Bratton14Keane Naylor
Mike Fearon(21) 13Andrew Lawson
Danny Barker12Luke Edwards
Brett Ashley11Olly Rossillo
Glen Weightman10Luke White
Dini Noyo9Danny Matthews
Glenn Chesher1Charley Purkiss-McEndoo
Garry Holmes2Steve Maycock
Jack Lashley3Connor Ward
Ross Mckay4Andy Boyde
Ben Leacock5Sam Brady
Dan Greenwood6Martin Dodds
Jacob Sutton7Guy de Coser
Matthew Charters8Tom Harvey
Chris Park(23) subAarine Yorke
Ben Dixon(19) subMike MacDonald
Dom Musetti(16) subHarry Barnard
Nathan HowathRefRFU North Group

Quilter Kids First Skills Series: 1x1 rip

Ben Leacock

Player of the Match

Ben Leacock

Key moments

Try Kris Bratton scores for Kendal
Conversion Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal
Penalty Glen Weightman kicks a penalty for Kendal
Penalty Luke White kicks a penalty for Harrogate
Penalty Luke White kicks a penalty for Harrogate
Penalty Chris Park kicks a penalty for Kendal
Penalty Luke White kicks a penalty for Harrogate
Try Try for Harrogate

Videos and photos

180127 1st XV v Harrogate
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180127 1st XV v Harrogate


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80:00 +10:00 Player of the Match
Ben Leacock is awarded player of the match for Kendal
76:00 Try 13 - 14
Try for Harrogate
72:00 Penalty 13 - 9
Luke White kicks a penalty for Harrogate
68:00 Penalty 13 - 6
Chris Park kicks a penalty for Kendal
65:00 Sub On
Ben Dixon is substituted on for Kendal
64:00 Penalty 10 - 6
Luke White kicks a penalty for Harrogate
47:00 Sub On
Chris Park is substituted on for Kendal
End of period 1
31:00 Sub On
Dom Musetti is substituted on for Kendal
30:00 Penalty 10 - 3
Luke White kicks a penalty for Harrogate
16:00 Penalty 10 - 0
Glen Weightman kicks a penalty for Kendal
13:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal
12:00 Try 5 - 0
Kris Bratton scores for Kendal
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Kendal
  • Harrogate
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  • Kris Bratton Try 12:00'
  • Glen Weightman Conversion 13:00'
  • Glen Weightman Penalty 16:00'
  • Luke White Penalty 30:00'
  • Dom Musetti Sub On 31:00'
  • Chris Park Sub On 47:00'
  • Luke White Penalty 64:00'
  • Ben Dixon Sub On 65:00'
  • Chris Park Penalty 68:00'
  • Luke White Penalty 72:00'
  • Try 76:00'

Team selection

Wooff, Nathan Wooff, Nathan
Bratton, Kris Bratton, Kris
Fearon, Mike Fearon, Mike
Barker, Danny Barker, Danny
Ashley, Brett Ashley, Brett
Weightman, Glen Weightman, Glen
Noyo, Dini Noyo, Dini
Charters, Matthew Charters, Matthew
Greenwood, Dan Greenwood, Dan
Sutton, Jacob Sutton, Jacob
Leacock, Ben Leacock, Ben
Mckay, Ross Mckay, Ross
Lashley, Jack Lashley, Jack
Holmes, Garry Holmes, Garry
Chesher, Glenn Chesher, Glenn
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League round up

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Preston Grasshoppers


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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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