Club app icon

Pitchero Club

The official Kendal R.U.F.C. app


1st XV - Match centre

Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
Unknown, J Lashley
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
Sat 1 Dec 14:15 - Northern Division - North Premier Full time

Another Close Game .... apart from the result


Report from Bernard Parsons

Rain welcomed the team and the few travelling faithful to Blaydon. Kendal’s first visit for 15 years, on that occasion Blaydon triumphed 45 -7 in a North 2 fixture.

Both sets of supporters took refuge on the grandstand. The floodlight artificial pitch gleamed before us.

The only change to the website team was Matthew Charters moving to lock for the absent John Dervey, and Robbie Collinson on to the bench.

The early exchanges were pretty even, but on 10 minutes Matthew Charters suffered a shoulder injury, and was replaced by Jack Lashley, with Dom Musetti moving to lock.

At the first scrum Kendal pushed the opposition off their own ball at a rate of knots. Promising!
On 13 minutes Steven Nelson charged, with a couple of side steps, up to the Blaydon posts. The ball was quickly recycled right, where Nathan McCloy saw a gap and eased through to score wide out. His difficult conversion was inch perfect. 0-7

Both teams were using the boot quite in these early exchanges. Blaydon for territory giving the Kendal back three plenty of work. An excellent Glen Weightman high kick was agonisingly knocked forward.

On 22 minutes after a succession of penalties Kendal were warned. Blaydon kicked to the corner and from the lineout another penalty resulted in a yellow card for Kirk Chettleburgh. Using the extra man to good effect the home pack mauled the ball over the line. 5-7. The kick slid just wide.

A long Blaydon kick found touch five metres from the Kendal line. The defensive throw was lost and Blaydon moved the ball wide to score in the opposite corner. Again the conversion failed 10-7.

From the restart Kendal were immediately on the attack. Nathan McCloy grubber kicked through and was obstructed near the home 22. His penalty attempt was wide
Another Nathan McCloy kick was well chased by Myles Harrop, but the ball bounced badly for him and the chance was gone.

Approaching halftime Blaydon had an attacking scrum on the five metre line. The ball was lost forward. On the resulting Kendal feed, deep in injury time, we all thought win the ball and boot it off the field for halftime, but Chris Downham thought otherwise and from the base of the scrum he charged fully 60 metres only to be brought down by the last despairing defender. Support arrived and a penalty was awarded just inside the 10 metre line. Nathan McCloy converted the difficult kick.10-10.

Finally after 50 minutes the referee blew for halftime.

The first action of the second period was a 40 metre trundle by Garry Holmes at some pace down the left touchline, handing off would be tacklers. The support couldn’t get there in time and Blaydon cleared their line.

With the game evenly poised, a flowing Blaydon move down was stopped by an exorcet flying tackle by Chris Downham. The referee deemed it illegal and issued a yellow card. Blaydon kicked to the corner and after several attempts got the touchdown. The kick was good.17-10 after 47 minutes

Almost immediately Blaydon were back in the away half and from a lineout the ball went through several hands to the far touchline and then back towards the posts. The away defence was overstretched and Blaydon scored under the posts. With the kick 24-10 with fifty minutes gone
Their bonus point was secured. All four tries scored while Kendal were a player down. Hmmm.

Another deft kick by McCloy was knocked on in the home twenty-two. Kendal were still on the attack but were penalised for holding and Blaydon cleared.

After sixty minutes Robbie Collinson replaced Steven Nelson who had had yet another all action performance.

A raking penalty by McCloy took play into the away twenty-two. Blaydon offended again, a quick tap was taken however the move ended with a penalty for crossing.

32 minutes Blaydon thought they had scored, but the ball had been lost forward.

Glen Weightman chipped over the rushing defence in midfield, but the ball alluded the chasers. A bit of a pattern here.

On 32 minutes Blaydon scored their final try. A big hole appeared in the stretched Kendal defence allowing Blaydon player to amble in under the posts. 31-10 with conversion

Chris Park came on for Matthew Kaye at scrum half. A penalty kick by Nathan McCloy on halfway found touch five metres out and after an initial drive was halted Jack Lashley broke away to score in the corner. The kick slipped just wide .31-15 with 5 minutes plus to go

After thirty eight minutes Gary Holmes went off and Steven Nelson returned.

Billy Coxon put Nick Carlton away with a beautifully delayed pass, but his kick through rolled into touch.

There was just time for a Nathan McCloy 30 metre break in midfield, but he lost the ball forward in the tackle.

The referee called full time after 43 minutes

It was third top versus third bottom. For long periods when Kendal had their full compliment on the field the game was evenly contested.. However this good Blaydon side deserved their win, taking their chances well.

The Kendal scrum was excellent even when down to seven, but John Dervey was missed at the line out.

On a day like this on a December grass or perhaps mud pitch what a different type of game we would have enjoyed. Steam rising from the forwards, kicks falling with a splat rather than bouncing unpredictably, and only those immediately involved having a clue what was going on. Also for the last quarter it would be in the dark. Happy days.

Your Kendal Man of the Match : Steven Nelson
"Another All Action Performance"(according to Bernard's report) saw Steve, just pip Nathan McCloy and Garry Holmes

sub-onKendalJack Lashley1000
sub-offKendal5Matthew Charters1000
TryKendal10Nathan McCloy1305
ConKendal10Nathan McCloy1407
Y/CKendal7Kirk Chettleburgh2207
PenKendal10Nathan McCloy40+91010
= = = = = = = = =HALF TIME1010
Y/CKendal8Chris Downham441010
TryBlaydon7Guy Graham502210
sub-onKendalRobbie Collinson602410
sub-offKendal6Steven Nelson602410
sub-onKendalChris Park743110
sub-offKendal9Matthew Kaye743110
TryKendalJack Lashley753115
sub-onKendalGarry Holmes783115
sub-offKendal6Steven Nelson783115
= = = = = = = = =FULL TIME833115

Nathan Bailey15Zane Butler
James Cooney14Nick Carlton
Daniel Marshall13Leo Mercer
Alex Clark12Glen Weightman
Jack Appleton11Myles Harrop
Jamie Guy10Nathan McCloy
Nathan Horsfall9Matthew Kaye
Alex Dodds1Billy Coxon
Can Bell2Garry Holmes
Anthony Harvey3Dom Musetti
Jack Davidson4Ross Mckay
Matthew Charlton5Matthew Charters
Robert Lenderyou6Steven Nelson
Guy Graham7Kirk Chettleburgh
Keith Lauglin8Chris Downham
Andrew SteinbergsubJack Lashley
Liam WrightsubChris Park
Frazer WilsonsubRobbie Collinson

Win a Maximuscle training session with Anthony Watson

Steven Nelson

Player of the Match

Steven Nelson

Key moments

Try Try for Kendal
Conversion Conversion for Kendal
Try Try for Blaydon
Try Try for Blaydon
Penalty Penalty kicked for Kendal
Try Try for Blaydon
Conversion Conversion for Blaydon
Try Try for Blaydon
Conversion Conversion for Blaydon
Try Try for Blaydon
Conversion Conversion for Blaydon
Try Jack Lashley scores for Kendal


View 0 new events
75:00 Try 31 - 15
Jack Lashley scores for Kendal
74:00 Sub On
Chris Park is substituted on for Kendal
73:00 Conversion 31 - 10
Conversion for Blaydon
72:00 Try 29 - 10
Try for Blaydon
51:00 Conversion 24 - 10
Conversion for Blaydon
50:00 Try 22 - 10
Try for Blaydon
47:00 Conversion 17 - 10
Conversion for Blaydon
46:00 Try 15 - 10
Try for Blaydon
44:00 Yellow Card
Chris Downham is yellow carded for Kendal
End of period 1
40:00 +50:00 Player of the Match
Steven Nelson is awarded player of the match for Kendal
39:00 Penalty 10 - 10
Penalty kicked for Kendal
24:00 Try 10 - 7
Try for Blaydon
23:00 Try 5 - 7
Try for Blaydon
22:00 Yellow Card
Kirk Chettleburgh is yellow carded for Kendal
14:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Conversion for Kendal
13:00 Try 0 - 5
Try for Kendal
10:00 Sub On
Jack Lashley is substituted on for Kendal
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Blaydon
  • Kendal
  • 0
  • Jack Lashley Sub On 10:00'
  • Try 13:00'
  • Conversion 14:00'
  • Kirk Chettleburgh Yellow Card 22:00'
  • Try 23:00'
  • Try 24:00'
  • Penalty 39:00'
  • Chris Downham Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Try 46:00'
  • Conversion 47:00'
  • Try 50:00'
  • Conversion 51:00'
  • Try 72:00'
  • Conversion 73:00'
  • Chris Park Sub On 74:00'
  • Jack Lashley Try 75:00'

Team selection

Butler, Zane Butler, Zane
Carlton, Nick Carlton, Nick
Mercer, Leo Mercer, Leo
Weightman, Glen Weightman, Glen
Harrop, Myles Harrop, Myles
Kaye, Matthew Kaye, Matthew
Downham, Chris Downham, Chris
Chettleburgh, Kirk Chettleburgh, Kirk
Nelson, Steven Nelson, Steven
Mckay, Ross Mckay, Ross
Musetti, Dom Musetti, Dom
Holmes, Garry Holmes, Garry
Coxon, Billy Coxon, Billy

League round up

Other North Premier results

Kirkby Lonsdale


Loading comments

League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Ilkley 26 67
9. Alnwick 26 64
10. Kirkby Lonsdale 26 56
11. Lymm 26 46
12. Kendal 26 35
13. Vale of Lune 26 26
14. Wilmslow 26 20

Team sponsors


Club sponsors