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Kirkby Lonsdale
N Carlton, C Downham
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Sat 15 Dec 14:00 - Northern Division - North Premier Full time

Close - but it's Another WIN


A injury time try gave Kirkby the chance to snatch a draw but the touchline conversion failed

Whilst it was cold and wet with the floodlights on from kick-off, the threat of snow or freezing rain did not materialise, and the game was played on the first team pitch.

None of Kirkby’s ex Kendal players, Mike Fearon, Dave Barton, James Thompson or Gareth Gore appeared in the starting line-up. Kendal had kept faith with the team that had won against Wilmslow last weekend, with the only changes seeing Mark Irving return after suspension, whilst Ross Mckay replaced Liam Hayton in the second row, so Glen Weightman again started on the bench.

Kirkby kicked off playing away from the river, but it was Kendal who made the better start, with the forwards twice driving Kirkby off the ball at rucks, to turn the ball over.

Kirkby Lonsdale
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Kendal had an opportunity to open the scoring with a long range penalty when Kirkby were caught offside, but the kick did not have the distance, and using the wind on their backs, there was a good Kirkby clearance kick.

Against the early run of play, it was Kirkby who got the first score, with a Ryan Terry penalty after seven minutes 0v3.

The Kirkby pack had been second best at both scrums and line-outs including stealing two Kirkby throws. There was a blow for Kirkby after a quarter of an hour, as a prop was forced off, after needing a long period of treatment, but fortunately he was able to walk off, but this further weaken his teams forward effort.

As the game progressed Kirkby had the better of play, without really threatening the Kendal line. Kendal had a let off when a penalty failed to hit the target.

There was an increasing amount of friction between the two packs, and five minutes into injury time, Kendal were reduced to fourteen men, with a yellow card to one of the smaller players on the field, when scrum half Matthew Kaye was penalised for a dangerous late tackle. Ryan Terry doubled the Kirkby lead with the resulting penalty. 0v6.

The referee re-started the game, but there was no further score before half time.

Kirkby made Kendal wait at the start of the second half, coming out well after Kendal, but again it was Kendal who made the better start.

Almost immediately Kendal had to make a change with Robbie Collinson joining the back row in place of Steven Nelson.

With the Kirkby defence holding firm, after ten minutes, with the referee already signalling a penalty, Nathan McCloy dropped a goal to open the Kendal scoring, 3v6.

As the game entered the final quarter, Kendal finally found a way to break through the Kirkby defence. The ball was moved right and flanker Kirk Chettleburgh found a gap then delivered the scoring pass to Nick Carlton, to give Kendal the lead for the first time. 8v6

Five minutes later Garry Holmes was forced off, and Steven Nelson returned, with Robbie Collinson moving to hooker.

With ten minutes to play Kendal made their final change with captain Dom Musetti coming off to be replaced by Jack Lashley.

As the game moved towards injury time, Kirkby put what appeared to be a good kick deep into the Kendal half, but it was gathered and fed to substitute Glen Weightman, who put a massive kick back to the Kirkby line. A Kirkby player tried to attack from his own line, but instead was enveloped by Kendal players, and Kendal were awarded the put in to a scrum on the line. There was a delay for an injury, but when the scrum re-set, after an attempt to drive over, Chris Downham quickly picked up and managed to drive himself over the line for the try. The conversion which would have given Kendal a two score lead failed. 13v6.

The score fired up Kirkby, with Kendal making a number of errors, including losing a lineout, which had been solid for much of the afternoon. A string of penalties kept Kirkby looking for a score to tie the game, and after the Kendal defence had managed to repel a number of attacks, finally a Kirkby player squeezed over in the right hand corner, giving a difficult kick into the wind to snatch a draw.

As it failed to make the distance, there was a sigh of relief from the Kendal support, before the celebrations started.

Kirkby possible had the better of the first half, but Kendal totally dominated the second. Whilst Kirkby probably had the better cutting edge in attack, their inability to get ball at set pieces, meant that it was only a resolute defence, and some excellent work at the back of a beaten scrum by No.8 David Maka, which prevented a much bigger defeat, and the heart stopping finale.

Results elsewhere mean that the gap to the bottom two widens, but whilst the gap to safety reduces, Lymm’s draw means they still have a three point advantage.

After just missing out last week, yet another try saw Nick top the table by some distance from Chris Downham, with Kirk Chettleburgh a little further back.

By far the biggest vote of the season with some of the worst weather, but the team rewarded us with a performance for that much needed win - hopefully more of the same in the New Year.

PenKirkby Lonsdale12Ryan Terry703
Y/CKendal9Matthew Kaye40+403
PenKirkby Lonsdale12Ryan Terry40+506
= = = = = = = = =HALF TIME40+706
sub-onKendal17Robbie Collinson4106
sub-offKendal6Steven Nelson4106
DGKendal10Nathan McCloy5236
sub-onKendal21Glen Weightman5336
sub-offKendal9Matthew Kaye5336
TryKendal14Nick Carlton5986
sub-onKendal6Steven Nelson6586
sub-offKendal2Garry Holmes6586
sub-onKendal18Jack Lashley7386
sub-offKendal1Dom Musetti7386
TryKendal8Chris Downham78136
TryKirkby Lonsdale?851311
= = = = = = = = =FULL TIME871311

KendalKirkby Lonsdale
Zane Butler15Andrew Bargh
Nick Carlton14Harry Ralston
Dini Noyo13Scott Armstrong
Danny Barker12Ryan Terry
Myles Harrop11Harry Huddleston
Nathan McCloy10Tom Pickthall
Matthew Kaye9Ben Walker
Dom Musetti1Dan Thompson
Garry Holmes2Dan Armistead
Mark Irving3Braden Schiller
Ross Mckay4Leandro Kwiczor
John Dervey5Craig Galbraith
Steven Nelson6James Barker
Kirk Chettleburgh7Ross Towers
Chris Downham8David Maka
Glen WeightmansubWill Brown
Jack LashleysubRoss Hobbs
Robbie CollinsonsubLewis Williams

Win a Maximuscle training session with Anthony Watson

Nick Carlton

Player of the Match

Nick Carlton

Key moments

Penalty Penalty kicked for Kirkby Lonsdale
Penalty Penalty kicked for Kirkby Lonsdale
40:00 +45:00
Try Try for Kirkby Lonsdale
Drop Goal Drop goal for Kendal
Try Nick Carlton scores for Kendal
Try Chris Downham scores for Kendal

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78:00 Try 13 - 6
Chris Downham scores for Kendal
73:00 Sub On
Jack Lashley is substituted on for Kendal
59:00 Try 8 - 6
Nick Carlton scores for Kendal
53:00 Sub On
Glen Weightman is substituted on for Kendal
52:00 Drop Goal 3 - 6
Drop goal for Kendal
41:00 Sub On
Robbie Collinson is substituted on for Kendal
End of period 1
40:00 +50:00 Player of the Match
Nick Carlton is awarded player of the match for Kendal
40:00 +45:00 Try 13 - 11
Try for Kirkby Lonsdale
39:00 Penalty 0 - 6
Penalty kicked for Kirkby Lonsdale
38:00 Yellow Card
Matthew Kaye is yellow carded for Kendal
7:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Penalty kicked for Kirkby Lonsdale
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Kendal
  • Kirkby Lonsdale
  • 0
  • Penalty 7:00'
  • Matthew Kaye Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Penalty 39:00'
  • Try 40:00 +45:00'
  • Robbie Collinson Sub On 41:00'
  • Drop Goal 52:00'
  • Glen Weightman Sub On 53:00'
  • Nick Carlton Try 59:00'
  • Jack Lashley Sub On 73:00'
  • Chris Downham Try 78:00'

Team selection

Butler, Zane Butler, Zane
Carlton, Nick Carlton, Nick
Noyo, Dini Noyo, Dini
Barker, Danny Barker, Danny
Harrop, Myles Harrop, Myles
Kaye, Matthew Kaye, Matthew
Downham, Chris Downham, Chris
Chettleburgh, Kirk Chettleburgh, Kirk
Nelson, Steven Nelson, Steven
Dervey, John Dervey, John
Mckay, Ross Mckay, Ross
Irving, Mark Irving, Mark
Holmes, Garry Holmes, Garry
Musetti, Dom Musetti, Dom

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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

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