Black and Ambers re-write history as Kendal crush Carlisle to win on road for first time in more than two years (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Black and Ambers re-write history as Kendal crush Carlisle to win on road for first time in more than two years
Kendal’s long wait for success on the road is over after a stunning first-half performance paved the way for a thumping victory over Carlisle at Warwick Road.
Dan Lowther once again made the scoresheet with two tries as Blake Robinson, James Thompson, Liam Hayton and Richard Harryman also touched down, with Chris Park kicking 16 points.
Not since April 2011 and the National League Division Two North clash with Luctonians at Mortimer Park have the Black and Ambers tasted victory away from home.
Kendal returned from Leominster that day with a narrow 29-22 win with the early exchanges in their encounter with Carlisle giving little hint of the final victory margin.
The cheap concession of possession characterised the opening stages until Park successfully kicked a penalty on six minutes after the home side were penalised for handling in the ruck.
Five minutes later Kendal had their first try, flanker Robinson crossing the line after a move involving Matty Houghton, Billy Coxon and Ian Voortman, with Park converting.
A second penalty by the fly half took the score to 13-0 after quarter of an hour before the visitors turned the screw further with play switching to the left wing for Lowther to register a try.
There was little respite for the hosts, Coxon’s break from defence resulting in a Kendal line-out with Hayton finishing off good work by the forwards as Park again converted.
Liam Nicholson had already replaced injured winger Jordan Johnson by the time further reorganisation was required after full-back Ben Craghill was forced off with a suspected dislocated shoulder.
Kendal refused to be derailed by this setback and after sweeping exchanges between forwards and backs, Lowther crossed the line for a converted try, his sixth touchdown of the season.
And the Black and Ambers’ dominance before the half-time whistle continued with a third try in five minutes racking up 39 points by the break.
Craghill’s replacement Reece Tomlinson took good lineout ball with the forwards allowing Thompson to emerge and score, as Park converted his sixth kick of the half.
Carlisle managed to reduce the arrears moments before the interval, after being starved of possession a series of penalties culminated in full-back Damian Armstrong scoring an unconverted try.
The Mint Bridge club were soon on the attack at the start of the second period, Harryman exploiting a gap in the home side’s defence to power over after 50 minutes.
After further opportunities to extend the lead were squandered by the Kendal forwards, Carlisle second row Richard Sowerby was dispatched for a spell on the touchline after a ruck offence.
Five minutes later he was joined by both scrum-halves as James Gough and his counterpart Tim Hughes tangled after a scrum on the Carlisle line.
With only one win to their name this season Carlisle finished the game strongly, right wing Karim Moualen combining with Armstrong to score, with outside half Glen Weightman adding two points.
Moments later Armstrong scored again following a break down the right flank, Weightman quickly converting as Carlisle eyed a fourth-try bonus point.
The hosts were unable to make any further inroads into the deficit despite Tomlinson and Thompson both being sent to the sin bin, with Kendal’s 13 defenders holding firm.
Kendal: Billy Coxon, Duncan Green, Richard Harryman, Liam Hayton, James Thompson, Matty Houghton, Blake Robinson, Rob Quarry; James Gough (c), Chris Park, Jordan Johnson, Dan Lowther, Ian Voortman, Alistair Thompson, Ben Craghill. Replacements: Alistair Livesey, Liam Nicholson, Reece Tomlinson
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