Development XV fight to the end against the West Cumbrians
By Frank Jameson
Man of the Match el capitano Chris Park
Moresby 43 Kendal Development XV 12
Hello dear reader!
Saturday saw the Kendal development XV visit Moresby, on another lovely sunny day. As last week, I'm avoiding the run of play, so again I've been a bit slack, and can't remember exactly what happened, but the Kendal outfit after 20 mins found themselves 21- 0 down, which could have been worse.
But some great play from captain Chris Park battered the home side on a number of occasions. Getting a foothold in the game, quickly recycled ball, and their usual menacing patterns saw Mark Cottam score in the corner with 10 mins to go till halftime.
More prolonged pressure saw the Kendal outfit camped in the Moresby 22, but excellent defence saw the homeside clear their lines, and break into action to score again just before half-time.
The second half saw Kendal again on the offensive. And with Liam Nicholson at the back of the maul looking like he was about to score, a Moresby player killed the move, and was sin binned. For an unknown reason there was no penalty try given, and again for all the pressure, Kendal couldn't turn this into points.
More good rugby followed from the home side, with the fly half being the main instigator all day, and their hard running midfield making good yards, and creating overlaps also, and some quality tries followed. With great credit Kendal got some reward with the best try of the day with 5 minutes to go. Starting the attack from well in their own half, every Kendal player touched the ball at least once, with again the tempo being increased, and Ben Leacock extended his long arm to score under the posts.
This summed things up for this young outfit. They stick in, they work for each other, and they are capable of some great play also. The opposition coach awarded Matty Kaye the man of the match, breaking Cox's monopoly on the award, and the lads will have learned a bit from Chris Park and his experience, which has been what the lads have been missing. But it's a learning curve, and I have absolute confidence that they shall get there sooner rather than later.
Alikadoo for the day Toby Knowles