Kendal Wasps Ladies lost 33-0 to league leaders Barnsley on a freezing cold Sunday afternoon at Mint Bridge.

The game, which was played on the artificial 4G pitch, saw Kendal put up a spirited display while they were also left to rue a number of missed opportunities.

Kendal started brightly and forced Barnsley back, however, the visitors did well to withstand the pressure, while Hayley Hodgson and Catherine Sewell were inches short from scoring the first try.

Barnsley opened the scoring after five minutes when Fran Copley went over in the corner, before Alex Taylor converted the kick as the visitors went ahead.

Kendal yet again looked dangerous in attack, with Hodgson, and Tamar Benson denied by the Barnsley defence.

Play was held up on two occasions, once when Hayley Hodgson landed awkwardly after a tackle, while Barnsley's Hannah Greenaway suffered an ankle injury from a lineout.

Once play resumed, Copley scored her second try and Taylor kicked the conversion as Barnsley were 14-0 up.

Kendal missed a glorious opportunity after a loose ball kicked in by Sewell was cleared away by Heather Swann.

In the second half, Barnsley upped their level of play, while numerous injuries disrupted Kendal, before Jess Roberts, Georgia Staple and Alex Taylor all scored converted tries.

Kendal competed and tried to apply pressure bur the fitness told as the visitors closed out a comfortable victory.