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1st XV - Match centre

D Barker (2), J Lashley
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G Weightman (3), Unknown
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Sat 30 Mar 15:00 - Northern Division - North Premier Full time

Excellent Performance – despite result


Despite probably not being at their best, Blaydon looked like a team chasing immediate promotion, but were made to work hard for every point, and did not give away any of the three Kendal tries.

The win at Wirral had added hope in the battle for survival, but the situation was little changed with the team depending on results elsewhere, and needing to find vital league points of their own. This would be a totally different challenge, against a team who came down from the National League last season, and are now in pole position to get a chance of a quick return through the play-offs.

There were just two changes from last week’s team with Kris Bratton and Myles Harrop having picked up injuries, so Mark Carruthers and Dan Shorrock came in, with Steve Nelson taking Shorrock’s place on the bench.

Blaydon went off fast seeming keen to get the points wrapped up quickly, and the Kendal defence did well to hold out as their opponents launched waves of attacks, with excellent ball retention and quick offloads. On the rare occasion Kendal could get the ball, they posed a threat and when Chris Downham, managed to turn the ball over in his own twenty two, he launched an attack, then Dan Wilson took the move on making ground over halfway, only to be penalised when caught, as support was too slow to arrive.

The deadlock was finally broken after a quarter of an hour, in slightly controversial circumstances. Blaydon put a good kick in to space down the left wing, Dini Noyo got back to gather it, only for the referee to penalised Dan Wilson for obstruction. The penalty was put to touch and the lineout gathered for the forwards to drive to the line for a try. The touch judges disagree on the success of the conversion, but it was not awarded. 0v5

Kendal were on the attack from the kick off. Blaydon failed to cleanly gather the kick and Chris Evans took the ball and made good ground, only for his pass inside to Dan Shorrock to be intercepted.

Blaydon’s second try came from an excellent break at speed down the right by No.6 Harry Borthwick, and having done all the hard work, rather than try to beat the last line of defence, he passed inside to centre Dan Marshall in support for the try, which outside half Jamie Guy converted. 0v12

With five minutes of the half to play, the referee adjudged Jack Lashley to have been competing illegally for the ball, and yellow carded him. Shortly after at the next scrum, Alistair Thompson was sacrificed to allow Robbie Collinson to come on as hooker, and Garry Holmes to take Lashley’s role.

The final score of the half came three minutes into injury time, when centre Dan Marshall found a gap to go through for his second try, again converted by Jamie Guy. 0v19.

The referee played on and played an extra four minutes, and both teams had opportunities.

The second half started in the same fashion as the first, with Blaydon doing out fast, and they were rewarded with their fourth try after five minutes, when having resisted a number of attacks, Kendal ran out of tacklers for centre Alex Clark to go over, with Jamie Guy again converting. 0v26.

Kendal made a change with Chris Downham coming off to be replaced by Ben Dixon.

Kendal had their first sustained period in attack and put together some good moves, but could not break the defence. Then ten minutes into the half they were finally rewarded when Danny Barker came in at pace, and dancing through for the score, with Glenn Weightman converting 7v26

Kendal continued to attack, but the Blaydon team were up very (too) fast in defence, cutting off options.

After quarter of an hour Blaydon added a fifth try from a lineout in the Kendal half, with fast passing and good offloading in the tackle seeing them go over for another converted score. 7v33

Kendal made further changes with Steven Nelson and Robbie Collinson coming on for Matthew Charters and Garry Holmes.

Nelson had an immediate effect ripping the ball from the kick off from Blaydon hands, to set up an attack, which saw Wayne Ngubane go through, and whilst he was stopped near the line, he did well to get the ball away to Danny Barker who was in support, and powered over for his second try, with Glen Weightman converting 14v33.

Any hopes of a Kendal comeback were quickly extinguished as Blaydon were immediately back on the attack, and when a player was held up over the line, the resulting scrum was driven over for a converted try 14v40.

The next Blaydon try came from a quickly taken penalty which saw fullback Ryan Foreman weave through the defence for the try, which was again converted. 14v47

Danny Barker had been injured in the build up to the try, and was forced off, and as Kendal had no back substitutes, Alistair Thompson moved to his old position, with Matthew Charters returning in the pack.

Blaydon added two further tries, this time unconverted, both coming from powerful running and good passing out of the tackle. 14v57

Kendal were not finished, and mounted a number of attacks, which were being thwarted by Blaydon conceding penalties. Finally the referees patience ran out, and yellow carded Blaydon second row Jack Davidson.

With time running out Kendal stayed on the attack and finally Jack Lashley (?) got across for the third try, with Glen Weightman quickly adding a drop kick conversion, to try to find time for a fourth try. 21v57

Steve Nelson was forced off and Chris Downham returned for the final minutes where both teams had chances but could not add to their score.

Despite the scoreline this was an encouraging performance from the team who played with a much greater sense of commitment than has often been seen this season, but came up against an opposition who, whilst possibly making more errors than they would want, looked very good value for their second place in the league, playing in an attractive style. The bigger concern for the crucial games to come, is the mounting injury toll

Like at Wirral the Development team players who came in, who have been used to playing in winning teams, seemed to add extra enthusiasm, which rubbed off on those around them. Chris Evans played well in defence and attack, whilst Dan Wilson and Dan Shorrock, took their chances on the few occasions they came. After mis-fielding a kick in the first half, when given a second chance late on, Shorrock expertly plucked a crossfield Blaydon kick out of the air, then set up a counter attack, which unfortunately came to nothing.

A repeat performance with a different result is required next weekend at Wilmslow, where even a good win may not be enough, if Lymm can do what only Wirral outside the top four have managed, and win at Sandal.

Despite being forced off with an injury late in the second half, Danny topped the poll for a second week, this time with almost half the votes, after his two well taken tries.
Although some way back, next was one for the future, Chris Evans, who was often prominent in attack and defence.

Danny Barker

Player of the Match

Danny Barker

Key moments

Try Try for Blaydon
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Conversion Conversion for Blaydon
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Conversion Conversion for Blaydon
Try Danny Barker scores for Kendal
Conversion Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal
Try Try for Blaydon
Conversion Conversion for Blaydon
Try Danny Barker scores for Kendal
Conversion Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal
Try Try for Blaydon
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Conversion Conversion for Kendal
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80:00 +1:00
Try Jack Lashley scores for Kendal
80:00 +2:00
Conversion Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal


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80:00 +10:00 Player of the Match
Danny Barker is awarded player of the match for Kendal
80:00 +2:00 Conversion 23 - 61
Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal
80:00 +1:00 Try 21 - 61
Jack Lashley scores for Kendal
80:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Blaydon
77:00 Try 16 - 61
Try for Blaydon
74:00 Try 16 - 56
Try for Blaydon
70:00 Conversion 16 - 51
Conversion for Kendal
69:00 Try 14 - 51
Try for Blaydon
64:00 Try 14 - 46
Try for Blaydon
63:00 Try 14 - 41
Try for Blaydon
61:00 Conversion 14 - 36
Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal
60:00 Try 12 - 36
Danny Barker scores for Kendal
59:00 Sub On
Steven Nelson is substituted on for Kendal
58:00 Conversion 7 - 36
Conversion for Blaydon
57:00 Try 7 - 34
Try for Blaydon
52:00 Conversion 7 - 29
Glen Weightman kicks a conversion for Kendal
51:00 Try 5 - 29
Danny Barker scores for Kendal
48:00 Sub On
Ben Dixon is substituted on for Kendal
47:00 Conversion 0 - 29
Conversion for Blaydon
46:00 Try 0 - 27
Try for Blaydon
End of period 1
39:00 Try 0 - 22
Try for Blaydon
38:00 Sub On
Robbie Collinson is substituted on for Kendal
38:00 Try 0 - 17
Try for Blaydon
35:00 Yellow Card
Jack Lashley is yellow carded for Kendal
25:00 Conversion 0 - 12
Conversion for Blaydon
24:00 Try 0 - 10
Try for Blaydon
17:00 Try 0 - 5
Try for Blaydon
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As it happened

  • Kendal
  • Blaydon
  • 0
  • Try 17:00'
  • Try 24:00'
  • Conversion 25:00'
  • Jack Lashley Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Robbie Collinson Sub On 38:00'
  • Try 38:00'
  • Try 39:00'
  • Try 46:00'
  • Conversion 47:00'
  • Ben Dixon Sub On 48:00'
  • Danny Barker Try 51:00'
  • Glen Weightman Conversion 52:00'
  • Try 57:00'
  • Conversion 58:00'
  • Steven Nelson Sub On 59:00'
  • Danny Barker Try 60:00'
  • Glen Weightman Conversion 61:00'
  • Try 63:00'
  • Try 64:00'
  • Try 69:00'
  • Conversion 70:00'
  • Try 74:00'
  • Try 77:00'
  • Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Jack Lashley Try 80:00 +1:00'
  • Glen Weightman Conversion 80:00 +2:00'

Team selection

Noyo, Dini Noyo, Dini
Wilson, Dan Wilson, Dan
Carruthers, Mark Carruthers, Mark
Barker, Danny Barker, Danny
Shorrock, Dan Shorrock, Dan
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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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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