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1st XV - Match centre

W Ngubane, D Barker, Unknown
G Weightman (3)
Penalty Try
Sat 23 Mar 15:00 - Northern Division - North Premier Full time

What a Performance !


A game of four yellow cards, some excellent attacking play at the end of the first half to establish a good lead then equally good defence to hold on for a vital victory.

With time, games, and points to gain, running out, with Lymm twelve points clear, this was a must win game, to repeat the unexpected victories in the last two seasons, but Wirral had only lost at home three times this season, two coming against the current top placed teams.

The team was little changed from the one who lost in the previous game against Rossendale, with Dan Wilson joining the backs in place of Mark Carruthers, Chris Evans replacing John Dervey in the second row, and Dan Shorrock and Ben Dixon coming onto the bench.

Wirral started well, but Kendal also had an early chance when Kris Bratton collected a Glen Weightman chip over the defence, only for support to arrive too slowly when he was stopped, with Kendal being penalised for failing to release the ball.

There was a long stoppage when a Wirral player was forced off with his leg in a splint.

Wirral were putting together waves of attacks, with excellent ball retention and offloading, but the Kendal defence managed to hold firm.

There was a blow for Kendal after a quarter of an hour, when Kris Bratton was injured when trying to make a tackle, and was forced off to be replaced by Dan Shorrock, with Myles Harrop moving into the centre and Shorrock taking his place on the wing.

After holding out through a long period of Wirral pressure, the Kendal defence was finally broken after twenty minutes. A penalty was taken quickly (although it seemed to be from nowhere near where it had been awarded), and a few quick passes saw Wirral in for the opening score. 5v0.

Three minutes later the Kendal defence was caught offside in front of the posts and Wirral fullback Daniel Harvey added a penalty 8v0.

Kendal were finally getting into the game, with Wayne Ngubane, frequently breaking the defence, but despite good work from Chris Downham, other support players were too slow to arrive, meaning the Wirral defence was able to re-group.

Dan Wilson had a good run down the wing, but at the crucial moment lost his footing,

Just after the half hour Kendal were back within a point. After just missing out from an earlier quick penalty, when he had a second chance Wayne Ngubane made no mistake, despite the Wirral defence for a second time seeming to make no attempt to retreat, he manged to power his way through for a touchdown. Glen Weightman added the conversion. 8v7.

Five minutes later, at what would normally have been the end of the half, Kendal were awarded a penalty, which would have given them the lead. However with the two long injury breaks there was still plenty of time to play, and rather than take the three points, they took a scrum. Wirral held out but were penalised again, the penalty was moved wide, and Glen Weightman was tackled high as he went for the line. The referee yellow carded Wirral flanker James Reeve (or would have done if he had his cards) and then trotted underneath the posts to award a penalty try, having decided the tackle prevented a score. 8v14.

Better was to follow, the kick off was gathered well and moved wide, where Danny Barker broke the defence and made good ground. Chris Downham was on hand to take a pass out of the tackle, then returned the ball to Barker who went through to score. Glen Weightman added the conversion. 8v21.

There was still time to play, and Kendal put themselves under pressure not clearly gathering the re-start kick. Wirral set up a number of attacks, but the half ended when Dan Wilson got in to force a penalty, when a Wirral player failed to release in the tackle.

Kendal started the second half well, but early momentum was disrupted when the game had to be stopped due to a second serious injury to a Wirral player, this time fullback Daniel Harvey was forced off.

When the game re-started Kendal put the Wirral defence under pressure on the right, and when they could not get over, the ball was moved left, and there was good interplay between the backs, with Dan Shorrock doing well to weave his way through the defence for a touchdown. Glen Wightman added the conversion. 8v28.

With Wirral restored to fifteen players, having conceded twenty one points, it was Kendal’s turn to be reduced to fourteen. Having been fortunate to avoid a card when getting involved in a disagreement with a Wirral player, when Kendal were penalised for having not retreated for a penalty, Chris Downham was carded for an infringement at the next breakdown.

Wirral set up a number of attacks, but the Kendal defence was holding firm, although they were conceding a number of penalties. From another penalty for failing to retreat, a Wirral player went over for a try. From a distance it appeared he lost the ball before grounding it, but the referee who was much closer was happy. With their kicker Daniel Harvey off the field, scrum half Joe Murray successfully converted. 15v28.

Kendal were then temporarily reduced to thirteen men. Jack Lashley had got in to try to steal Wirral ball at the tackle, but the referee decided illegally. Lashley then foolishly chose to question this and was given ten minutes on the touchline to consider his actions.

This forced Kendal into a further change, as for a scrum Robbie Collinson came on at hooker and Garry Holmes moved to prop, with Alistair Thompson being sacrificed.

The thirteen men managed to hold out, and when restored to fifteen with Lashley’s time on the side lines ending, Ben Dixon came on instead. However after being put under pressure in the next scrum, Lashley returned in place of Chris Evans. Ben Dixon had also come on for Matthew Charters.

With play almost all in the Kendal twenty two, with Wirral looking for score, with five minutes to play Mark Irving became the fourth player be yellow carded, (not a day to be without cards), but the fourteen man defence continued to hold firm.

With Wirral throwing the ball, around there were a number of handling errors and the Kendal back five were always looked to exploit the errors, to breakaway and get a further score, with the Development team wings seeming to add urgency that had rubbed off on the new centre partnership.

The clock seemed to tick down incredibly slowly, but when Kendal got the ball, Glen Weightman, captaining the team in the continued absence of Dom Musetti, played a simple game of putting the ball as far away from the line as possible, as the depleted Wirral backline never looked as if they could break the rampaging Kendal defensive wall from distance.

After eight minutes of added time, due to the earlier injuries, the referee decided he had seen enough and Kendal were able to celebrate only their second five point game of the season.

The result was made even greater, as for over thirty minutes of the second half Kendal were a man down, and without one of their key backs. Wirral would also have been affected by the two injuries, and earlier in the season may have chosen to take the points to narrow the gap rather than throw the ball around, when Kendal were under pressure.

A repeat performance is needed next weekend at Mintbridge, to try to get something out of the difficult game against Blaydon, then more importantly for the away game at Wilmslow and in the final game against Ilkley at Mintbridge, whether the team are just playing for pride, or with a real chance of escape.

Plenty of choice this week (the bigger suprise is those who did not pick up a vote) but a clear winner in Danny who set up then scored the third try, and had an excellent afternoon as part of the wall of defence that held out for so long in the second half, whilst a man down.

sub-onKendal17Dan Shorrock1400
sub-offKendal13Kris Bratton1400
PenWirral15Daniel Hardy2180
TryKendal9Wayne Ngubane3385
ConKendal10Glen Weightman3487
P/TKendalPTPenalty Try40+2814
Y/CWirral7James Reeve40+3814
TryKendal12Danny Barker40+4819
ConKendal10Glen Weightman40+5821
= = = = = = = = =FULL TIME40+10821
TryKendal17Dan Shorrock45826
ConKendal10Glen Weightman46828
Y/CKendal8Chris Downham51828
ConWirral9Joe Murray581528
Y/CKendal1Jack Lashley591528
Sub-onKendalRobbie Collinson601528
Sub-offKendal6Alistair Thompson601528
Sub-onKendalBen Dixon661528
Sub-offKendal4Matt Charters661528
Sub-onKendal1Jack Lashley731528
sub-offKendal4Chris Evans731528
Y/CKendal3Mark Irving741528
= = = = = = = = =FULL TIME881528

Daniel Harvey15Dini Noyo
Sam Broadbent14Dan Wilson
Mark Williams13Kris Bratton
Chris Speed12Danny Barker
Matt Loon11Myles Harrop
Chris Crowley10 [c]Glen Weightman
Joe Murray9Wayne Ngubane
Paul Lewis1Jack Lashley
Stuart Gratton2Garry Holmes
Ryan Higginson3Mark Irving
Hayden Long4Matthew Charters
Ryan Stead5Chris Evans
Tom Parry6Alistair Thompson
James Reeve7Kirk Chettleburgh
Rob Pearl8Chris Downham
Danny Lightsub (17)Dan Shorrock
Mike WarrensubBen Dixon
Josh ConnollysubRobbie Collinson

Danny Barker

Player of the Match

Danny Barker

Key moments

Try Try for Wirral
Penalty Penalty kicked for Wirral
Try Wayne Ngubane scores for Kendal
Conversion Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal
Try Danny Barker scores for Kendal
Conversion Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal
Try Try for Kendal
Conversion Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal
Try Try for Wirral
Conversion Conversion for Wirral


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74:00 Yellow Card
Mark Irving is yellow carded for Kendal
66:00 Sub On
Ben Dixon is substituted on for Kendal
61:00 Sub On
Robbie Collinson is substituted on for Kendal
60:00 Yellow Card
Jack Lashley is yellow carded for Kendal
59:00 Conversion 15 - 26
Conversion for Wirral
58:00 Try 13 - 26
Try for Wirral
51:00 Yellow Card
Chris Downham is yellow carded for Kendal
46:00 Conversion 8 - 26
Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal
45:00 Try 8 - 24
Try for Kendal
End of period 1
40:00 +50:00 Player of the Match
Danny Barker is awarded player of the match for Kendal
39:00 Conversion 8 - 19
Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal
38:00 Try 8 - 17
Danny Barker scores for Kendal
37:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Wirral
36:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Kendal
34:00 Conversion 8 - 7
Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal
33:00 Try 8 - 5
Wayne Ngubane scores for Kendal
21:00 Penalty 8 - 0
Penalty kicked for Wirral
18:00 Try 5 - 0
Try for Wirral
14:00 Sub On
Substitution on for Kendal
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Wirral
  • Kendal
  • 0
  • Sub On 14:00'
  • Try 18:00'
  • Penalty 21:00'
  • Wayne Ngubane Try 33:00'
  • Glen Weightman Conversion 34:00'
  • Penalty Try 36:00'
  • Yellow Card 37:00'
  • Danny Barker Try 38:00'
  • Glen Weightman Conversion 39:00'
  • Try 45:00'
  • Glen Weightman Conversion 46:00'
  • Chris Downham Yellow Card 51:00'
  • Try 58:00'
  • Conversion 59:00'
  • Jack Lashley Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Robbie Collinson Sub On 61:00'
  • Ben Dixon Sub On 66:00'
  • Mark Irving Yellow Card 74:00'

Team selection

Noyo, Dini Noyo, Dini
Wilson, Dan Wilson, Dan
Bratton, Kris Bratton, Kris
Barker, Danny Barker, Danny
Harrop, Myles Harrop, Myles
Weightman, Glen Weightman, Glen
Ngubane, Wayne Ngubane, Wayne
Downham, Chris Downham, Chris
Chettleburgh, Kirk Chettleburgh, Kirk
Thompson, Alistair Thompson, Alistair
Evans, Chris Evans, Chris
Charters, Matthew Charters, Matthew
Irving, Mark Irving, Mark
Holmes, Garry Holmes, Garry
Lashley, Jack Lashley, Jack

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# 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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