THERE were mixed fortunes for Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale in their Cumbria Cup semi-finals at the weekend.

A blistering ten try display saw Kirkby sweep aside Penrith as their pace, power, precision and superior fitness saw them ease to a final spot with a 60-10 win.

But there will be no county cup joy for Kendal this year as a depleted line up went down 50-12 at Carlisle.

A large home crowd at Kirkby had their first look a some new players in the starting 15 with Jacob Young stepping up from the development squad at 3 and new faces Reece Thomlinson at 4 and Jack Ward at 13.

There was more new blood on the touchline with Sam Kyle Clay, Michael Fry, Matty Kay, Chris Ramwell and Max Pearce on the bench.

Alex Rogers went over for the first try and Jack Ward, Ben Walker, Harry Huddleston and Scott Armstrong also crossed before the break for a dominant Kirkby, with solitary score the only Penrith reply.

The visitors added another try after a good spell at the start of the second half, but Tom Pickthall, skipper Dave Barton and Armstrong with his second crossed before tries from young guns Sam Kyle Clay and Will Brown completed the scoring.

Kirkby now travel to Sandal on Saturday for the first North Premier league game of the season.

Billy Coxon and Liam Hayton came into the Kendal side against a Carlisle team who had strengthened considerably in the close season, but they were without Dini Noyo and Nick Carlton.

The visitors snatched an early lead through Jordan Johnson but the home side were level within minutes and with their pack dominant, they added five more tries before the break.

Carlisle added two further tries before Kendal at last rallied and Kris Bratton broke through to score with Chris Park adding the conversion.

But there was still time for one further home score to complete a tough afternoon for the visitors who have plenty to work on before Saturday's opening North One East clash at Durham City on Saturday.