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Kendal 29-15 Warrington
KENDAL maintained their perfect home record this season with victory over lowly Warrington at Mint Bridge, as Dan Lowther once again made his presence felt on the scoresheet.
The black and ambers have endured mixed fortunes so far but tries from vice-captain Garry Holmes, Ben Craghill, Lowther and Rob Quarry secured a second home win of the campaign.
After fielding an inexperienced team in defeat at Birkenhead Park the week before, Director of Rugby Steve Whitehead welcomed back a host of senior players.
One enforced change was Nathan Woof replacing the injured Jamie Postlethwaite while James Thompson continued at second row alongside Reece Tomlinson as Craghill came in for Alistair Thompson.
Winless so far this season, Warrington started brightly and took the lead after five minutes, veteran Kevin Jones collecting a pass from full back Pat Roberts to cross the line, with Matt Rockey converting.
Kendal were on level terms ten minutes later, good play by the forwards paving the way for Holmes to emerge and score, with Chris Park successful with the conversion.
Shortly afterwards the black and ambers had the lead, play switching across the field from the left to right for Craghill to power over, with Park making it 14-7.
As the half progressed both sides were guilty of creating opportunities but failing to take their chances as Kendal went in at the break with a seven-point advantage.
The visitors began the second period in positive fashion and put together several phases of controlled rugby which culminated in Rockey feeding winger Steve Pilkington to score in the corner.
However, the home side were soon back in the ascendency with the bounce of the ball from skipper James Gough’s kick wrong-footing the Warrington defence and Lowther taking full advantage.
Park’s conversion extended the lead to 21-12, although the visitors refused to accept the prospect of defeat with Rockey replying with a penalty and hitting the upright with another kick.
The Kendal defence held firm in the face of a sustained period of Warrington pressure which was finally relieved when Park converted a penalty following the turnover of possession.
With full-time approaching, the black and ambers went in search of a fourth try in a bid to secure a bonus point, with Duncan Green thwarted by a forward pass after impressive work from Gough.
Kendal were back on the attack moments later, choosing to take an attacking scrum after Warrington conceded a penalty following more aggressive play from the hosts’ forwards.
This decision was vindicated as Quarry, who had replaced Holmes earlier in the piece, finished off a drive for the line to make the final score 29-15.
Kendal: Alistair Thompson, Alistair Livesey, Billy Coxon, Blake Robinson, Chris Park, Dan Lowther, Duncan Green, Garry Holmes, Ian Voortman, James Gough (c), James Thompson, Jordan Johnson, Matty Houghton, Reece Tomlinson, Richard Harryman, Rob Quarry, Ben Craghill, Nathan Woof
Warrington: Andy Roberts, Danny Fleming, Duncan Rickard, Graham Prytherch, Jake Ashal, Josh Riley, Kevin Jones, Luke Johnston, Matt Rockey, Matt Connelly, Pat Roberts, Richard Turner, Sean Hughes, Steve Pilkington, Tom Wood, Zak Lythgoe, Clement O’Rourke, Shaun Yoxall
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