It was breezy and fresh at The Stratstone Stadium for the clash between a Harrogate team pushing for the play off place, and a Kendal team with interests at the other end of the league table.

Kendal were under pressure from the off but some great tackling and resolve they kept Harrogate at bay in the early stages.

But the pressure eventually told and a couple of missed tackles gave the Harrogate winger space .He drew the last man and passed inside to the support runner who finishes the move off under the posts.

As half-time approached the Harrogate forwards were once more bearing down on the Kendal line. They were awarded a penalty under the posts and elected to scrummage.

The Kendal scrum held firm but after some tremendous defence eventually Harrogate drove over the line and it was 14-0 at the break.

With the wind and slope in Kendal's favour, there was perhaps reason for optimism for the second period.

But Harrogate grabbed their third try, again underneath the posts, seven minutes after the re-start after the ball came out of a scrum awkwardly.

Shortly afterwards Ross Mckay left the field with an arm injury. Jack Lashley came on to prop and Dom Musetti moved to lock.

Any ball Harrogate had in their own half they box kicked and with the wind direction it was all in Myles Harrop's direction. He fielded them well but any attempt to counter attack was enveloped by the Harrogate pursuers

Harrogate were striving for their bonus point try. It duly arrived with a classic penalty to the corner and rolling maul to make it 26-0.

As the half wore on Kendal had two great chances to put points on the board.

From a penalty, Glen Weightman put in a raking kick deep into the home 22 but the lineout was lost and the opportunity had gone.

There was a long spell of possession near the Harrogate line, but although they came close the home defence prevailed.

In the closing minutes the game really opened up with Kendal trying to attack from deep. A long period of possession failed to find an opening and when the ball was lost the hosts quickly moved the ball right and despite being tackled just short, the support arrived to score.

And 33-0 soon became 38-0 with a similar score although the two late scores flattered the hosts.

Kendal entertain Sandal on Saturday at Mintbridge in a huge game.