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Kendal continue winning start

By Leipziger
September 12 2015

Kendal came out on top of a bruising encounter with Vale of Lune at Mint Bridge today to get their second win of the new North One West season.

Inspired by a storming performance from back-rower Matty Houghton and fly-half Glenn Weightman’s six-out-of-six kicking show, the Hornets ran out 34-3 winners on a day of changing weather and heated supporter temperatures.


The Village of the Damned was battered by a deluge of heavy rain this morning and it remained wet on and off for most of the morning, but the skies became a little brighter in the afternoon. Although there was a light shower in the first half, the sun shone on down by full-time.


This being Kendal’s first game of the season in the shadow of the formerly-Heinz, now-Kendal-Nutricare factory, former Leeds and Worcester forward Phil Murphey made his home debut for the Hornets. The Cumbrians were on the scoreboard after just four minutes as their forwards drove over in the far left, Weightman adding the difficult conversion.


Minutes later the pick of Kendal’s four scores came, as the fly-half sold the Vale defence all the way down the river with a great dummy and found Damian Armstrong out on the far left, the centre going over unchallenged to double the hosts’ lead.


Vale missed a simple penalty from in front of the posts but Kendal dominated the first half, and the referee showed a yellow card after losing patience with Vale’s persistent infringements. Kendal plugged away but could not find another try and had to be content with two penalties from Weightman to give them a 20-0 lead at half-time.


The second half continued to be mostly Kendal, as Vale’s discipline only worsened and they became a little niggly. A second yellow card could well have been followed by a third for Vale going offside at a ruck inches from the tryline, but finally the third try came from Danny Barker who fought over on the right.


Vale fans were convinced that Kendal winger Dini Noyo had knocked on more than two set-plays before the try and so gave the referee some stick – the fact that they had still had ample time to defend the try apparently being lost on them.


The bonus point came from a rolling maul following yet another Vale infringement, and with fifteen minutes to go Kendal had an unassailable 34-0 lead. The travelling Vale fans continued to become more miffed as their penalty count climbed ever higher.


To their credit, Vale found some spirit and spent much of the last five minutes camped in the Kendal 22. Centre Jonty Higgin thought he had scored but the play was brought back for crossing.


As the home side gave away a glut of penalties, replacement prop Richard Harryman was sent to the sin bin but Kendal’s defence held firm. Finally, with the clock on zero, Vale were awarded yet another penalty in front of the posts. To ironic cheers from the home fans, Ben Dorrington sent the ball through the uprights to end the match so at least Vale avoided the humiliation of being nilled.


After last weekend’s 18-20 victory at Leigh, the mighty Kendal now have nine points from their opening two games as they look to improve on last season’s third-place finish in North One West.

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