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Kendal
Alnwick
K Chettleburgh
Tries
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
C Park
Conversions
Unknown, Unknown
C Park
Penalties
Sat 12 Jan 14:00 - Northern Division - North Premier Full time

Total Commitment Alas No Points !

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Match report from Bernard Parsons

On an “auld grey” day Kendal welcomed Alnwick to Mintbridge. Newly promoted, Alnwick have adjusted well to playing in the North Premier League. Amongst their eight victories so far was a comprehensive victory over Kendal at home. Kendal have a blend of youth and experience today from 1 to 15 . Billy Coxon in the no 1 shirt and Chris Park wearing 15 and the youth’s in between.

Alnwick kicked off towards the Shap road. Kendal didn’t secure the ball cleanly and it was snaffled by the visitors. They drove on with the forwards and with referee playing an advantage, their scrum half skipped round the blind side virtually unopposed to score under the posts. Simple conversion. 0-7, and only 27 seconds played. Now Mark can you find in your archives a quicker try conceded?

It wasn’t much better at the restart. Although Alnwick knocked on, a Kendal chaser made contact whilst the receiver was still in the air, just a penalty fortunately, no yellow card. However Alnwick were back on the attack and playing with confidence. The home defence was now warming to their task. Not being able to run through the home side, Alnwick chipped the ball over. Myles Harrop marked the ball and eventually Glen Weightman cleared to touch.

Having weathered the early storm without conceding further, Kendal finally had possession in the visitors half. A penalty for a high tackle on Chris Park was kicked into the 22. As Kendal attacked down the left the referee awarded a penalty. With bodies on the ground and a slight delay. Opinions around me were expressed as who and what it was for. It became clear when Mr Doig raised a yellow card and an Alnwick player trudged off. Chris Park was accurate with his kick from fairly wide out on the left. 3v7 with 12 minutes gone.

Chris Park returned an Alnwick clearance high into their 22. Nick Carlton chased and caught the ball acrobatically. The ball was moved right, but Glen Weightman’s chip over the defence was marked and Alnwick were able to clear.

Early line outs were not a 100% but the scrum was solid, resulting in a penalty on 18 minutes. This took play into the visitors half and after several phases Chris Downham broke down the left, but couldn’t get his pass away to Myles Harrop on the outside.

As the half progressed Kendal had a sweeping backs move from right to left. It was stopped when Dini, Noyo threatening to ease through a gap near the line lost the ball in contact.

Danny Barker stopped another Alnwick attack with a crunching tackle, but on the half hour Alnwick set up a maul deep in the home 22. It was stopped illegally and sniffing a weakness they kicked to the right hand corner. The throw was secured and a well drilled blue and yellow tide rushed over the line. The conversion was wide. 32 minutes 3-12

Another penalty at the scrum enabled the next attack to be cleared. The visitors were looking for another score and in injury time with an overlap on the left the ball carrier chose to step inside. He was enveloped in a Chris Downham tackle and the half came to an end on 42 minutes.

Seeking a quote on the first half performance from a far wiser man than me, I was told by a regular supporter home and away that they were playing with real heart. He then retired to the bar for quick refreshments!

Ben Dixon replaced Steve Nelson at halftime. The next score would be crucial, Alnwick were first on the attack but with an overlap the ball was lost forward.

Kendal were now back on the attack with Kirk Chettleburgh bursting through the centre, Chris Downham carried the move on. When it came back to Glen Weightman he chipped for Nick Carlton in the right hand corner. Alnwick scrambled the ball into touch.

The throw was taken cleanly, but as the ball was moved across the field it was lost forward.

Alnwick threatened down the right and Myles Harrop made a try saving tackle, but still on the attack they were awarded a kickable penalty. Fortunately the attempt was short, and Nick Carlton caught the ball under the posts and set off on an adventurous run when stopped the ball was cleared by Glen Weightman.

Midway through the half with Alnwick threatening, Dini Noyo tapped the try scoring pass backwards to save the day.

On 28 minutes a Kendal penalty, though kickable was put into the corner. When the maul was stopped an Alnwick player strayed offside and received a yellow card. From the next maul there was cries of jubilation from the home supporters in that corner who thought Billy Coxon had scored. Unfortunately the referee was unsighted, and said the ball was held up. Not his fault I think the standard of refereeing is excellent at this level and Mr Doig was no exception. It’s a five metre scrum, and Chris Downham plunges unsuccessfully for the line but a maul is formed and driven over the line. Kirk Chettleburgh the scorer 8v12. Chris Park slotted the conversion 10v12 Game on!! 10 minutes to win it.

Jack Lashley replaced Billy Coxon whose experience had been telling and Matty Kaye came on for Andrew Boardley.

It was important now to deal well with the restart and clear deep into the visitors half. However the clearance was taken on halfway and ran back with interest. Alnwick set up camp under the home posts. They were held up once, but finally touched down 10v17 after 34 minutes and with a simple kick 10v19.

One final effort to secure a losing bonus point. Jack Lashley won a penalty for holding on.

Chris Park’s kick from the left slid agonisingly past the near post. Still on the attack another penalty, this time from the right. Chris Park’s kick drifted wide left. Alnwick cleared deep, but Myles Harrop fielded the ball and went on a run, jinking his way in their 22. After several attempts to pick and go or maul the ball over the line the ball came back to Glen Weightman to drop for goal. Memories of Leigh away four years ago, sadly with Alnwick rushing to charge down, the attempt failed, and the referee blew for full time.

If anyone has read this far and is still awake here’s a few reflections for what they’re worth.

Alnwick deserved the victory, just.

The home team were totally committed defensively after a slow start. A vast improvement on Vale of Lune.

Lots of endeavour in attack but we struggled to get that decisive break through.

Nothing has changed at the bottom of the league. Kirkby Lonsdale did us a favour so it’s still three from four to go down. The team can escape the drop. It’s up to everyone at the club to pull together. Oh yes and in the same direction.

I’m signing off now as you know I was only deputising for Mark (unavailable due to family commitments). Doug Coates is sub on for next week at Hull (Mark is unavailable due to travel problems).

Your KENDAL MAN OF THE MATCH : Nick Carlton
No tries this week, but again Nick ran away with it getting over a third of the votes, and twice as manyas Kirk Chettleburgh, who was his closest follower.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – February: Henley Hawks RFC

Nick Carlton

Player of the Match

Nick Carlton

Key moments

1:00
Try Try for Alnwick
2:00
Conversion Conversion for Alnwick
12:00
Penalty Chris Park kicks a penalty for Kendal
31:00
Try Try for Alnwick
70:00
Try Kirk Chettleburgh scores for Kendal
71:00
Conversion Chris Park kicks a conversion for Kendal
73:00
Try Try for Alnwick
74:00
Conversion Conversion for Alnwick

Highlights

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74:00 Conversion 10 - 19
Conversion for Alnwick
73:00 Try 10 - 17
Try for Alnwick
72:00 Sub On
Jack Lashley is substituted on for Kendal
72:00 Sub On
Matthew Kaye is substituted on for Kendal
71:00 Conversion 10 - 12
Chris Park kicks a conversion for Kendal
70:00 Try 8 - 12
Kirk Chettleburgh scores for Kendal
68:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Alnwick
40:00 Sub On
Ben Dixon 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
31:00 Try 3 - 12
Try for Alnwick
12:00 Penalty 3 - 7
Chris Park kicks a penalty for Kendal
11:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Alnwick
2:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Conversion for Alnwick
1:00 Try 0 - 5
Try for Alnwick
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Kendal
  • Alnwick
  • 0
  • Try 1:00'
  • Conversion 2:00'
  • Yellow Card 11:00'
  • Chris Park Penalty 12:00'
  • Try 31:00'
  • Ben Dixon Sub On 40:00'
  • Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Kirk Chettleburgh Try 70:00'
  • Chris Park Conversion 71:00'
  • Jack Lashley Sub On 72:00'
  • Matthew Kaye Sub On 72:00'
  • Try 73:00'
  • Conversion 74:00'

Team selection

Park, Chris Park, Chris
Carlton, Nick Carlton, Nick
Noyo, Dini Noyo, Dini
Barker, Danny Barker, Danny
Harrop, Myles Harrop, Myles
Weightman, Glen Weightman, Glen
Boardley, Andrew Boardley, Andrew
Downham, Chris Downham, Chris
Chettleburgh, Kirk Chettleburgh, Kirk
Nelson, Steven Nelson, Steven
Musetti, Dom Musetti, Dom
Dervey, John Dervey, John
Irving, Mark Irving, Mark
Collinson, Robbie Collinson, Robbie
Coxon, Billy Coxon, Billy

League round up

Other North Premier results

Blaydon
33
18
Lymm
Ilkley
29
7
Kirkby Lonsdale
17
5
0
50
Hull

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Alnwick 22 55
9. Ilkley 22 53
10. Kirkby Lonsdale 21 44
11. Lymm 22 39
12. Kendal 22 28
13. Vale of Lune 22 25
14. Wilmslow 22 15

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