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Windermere win derby but Kirkby Lonsdale hammered by Hawcoat Park
OLD RIVALRIES were renewed at Mint Bridge when Kendal 2XV took on Windermere in Cumbria Division One.
A young-looking Kendal looked confident and pacy from the start and Luke Jacobs struck the penalty to make it 3-0 to Kendal.
But the rest of the first half went Windermere’s way after they scored two penalties through Crawford, and as half time approached ‘Mere put themselves further in front.
The Windermere maul collapsed close to the Kendal line and prop Benson drove through the remaining defenders to touch down wide right to give them an 11-3 lead at half time.
Kendal changed tack as the second half began and kept the ball in the forwards, but were unable to make ground and eventually resorted to the boot to gain territory.
A fumbled catch by Windermere gave Kendal a scrum on the Windermere five-metre line and Will Voke found a chink in the visitors’ defence after powerful work by his pack close to the try line to make it 11-8, with the try being too wide on the left for the conversion to be kicked.
After 68 minutes, 'Mere recovered a loose ball and went through nine phases involving forwards and backs.
A neat inside pass from winger to a prop moving at pace gave Windermere another five points and Crawford added the conversion.
It was all Windermere for the last 10 minutes and with seconds to go, Kendal gave away a further penalty in midfield. Crawford discovered that he had brought his kicking boots along and converted the long range opportunity for a satisfying result for Windermere.
Kirkby Lonsdale 2XV were given a real tonking at Hawcoat Park, losing by a massive 119-0 as the gulf in class between the two sides showed. The result means Kirkby are third from bottom, with Hawcoat Park sitting pretty atop the Cumbria league having won all six of their matches this season.
Carlisle Crusaders 2XV remain winless after their fifth defeat out of five to Furness, who beat them 36-22.
Millom edged out Netherhall in a close game 32-30, while Silloth and Penrith RFC A XV shared the spoils in a low-scoring 3-3 draw.