Kendal 2XV gain crucial win over Penrith as Hawcoat Park make it 11 wins out of 11

First published in Sport The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

KENDAL came up against a strong Penrith 2XV at Mint Bridge on Saturday and the visitors were in complete control of the game during the opening 20 minutes.

But they only managed to score an unconverted try as Kendal stood solid in defence.

The Black and Ambers gradually worked their way into the game and came up with a try when superb sniping work by scrum half Matty Kaye around the base of a ruck allowed him to cross the whitewash. Standoff Luke Jacobs added the conversion.

A well-worked move a little while later produced Kendal's second try. The ball was moved swiftly onto the right wing and running out of room, a little kick was stabbed through the defence which wing Jamie Postlethwaite, showing his pace, chased to get the touch down.

Although Jacobs missed the conversion he successfully kicked a penalty to give Kendal a 15-7 lead.

In the closely-fought contest Penrith pulled within three points of the Mint Bridge side when they scored an unconverted try a few minutes later.

But with Kendal's back row playing extremely well, flanker Tom Voke was put clear through midfield to power his way to the line to score a try as Kendal went 20-12 up.

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Penrith were far from finished and moving the ball downfield, the away side worked the opportunity to drop a goal to bring them within five points of the home side.

But Kendal kept their composure and a second Jacobs penalty towards the end wrapped a 23-15 victory up for them.

Meanwhile Furness were the latest team to succumb to Hawcoat Park as the league leaders continued their 100 per cent win record.

Tim Clark got the first try and full back Adam Jackson added the extras, but Furness fought back with a Dries Venter try.

But Hawcoat Park found an extra gear in the second half, Craig Law getting the converted try before Park kicked a penalty to round off a 17-5 win.

The other three matches in the division were called off.

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