KENDAL were the comeback kings after battling their way to victory from a seemingly insurmountable position.

From 13 points down against Cumbrian rivals Penrith, the Hornets dug deep and fought-back to win 14-13 on an error-ridden afternoon at Shap Road.

It was Penrith who opened the scoring after six minutes from a penalty in front of the posts after Kendal were penalised for a deliberate knock-on.

The away side were well-organised and offered Kendal little chance to find space - they then doubled their lead after 20 minutes with another Matt Allinson kick.

This injected some life into Kendal who made ground when Josh Chaplow broke free.

When he was tackled he lost the ball but the resulting Penrith kick was charged down and they were forced to concede a five metre scrum.

Kendal thought they were back in the game when they went over the line after some good possession play but the referee judged that the ball was not grounded.

Things went from bad to worse for the promotion hopefuls when they failed to deal with a Penrith kick down the left, allowing the North Cumbria side to go over for the try, making it 0-13.

The Hornets rang the changes asBen Leacock was brought and replaced by centre Damian Armstrong, with Zane Butler moving on to the wing, Dini Noyo to scrum half, with James Gough joining the back row.

With a thirteen point deficit, and Penrith on top, it looked a long way back for Kendal at half-time but with 20 minutes gone after the break they got their first score.

Having turned down the option of a kick at goal, the ball was put to touch and when they claimed the line-out James Gough managed to ground the ball.

Chris Park added the conversion to make it 7-13.

With just five minutes left to play, Penrith became ragged and started giving away a host of penalties.

When the referee awarded Penrith a yellow card, Kendal kicked for touch and drove home from the lineout to take them to within a point.

It was now down to Park to slot the ball between the posts, which he did with great composure to make it 14-13.

A memorable victory but point difference sees Kendal drop behind Warrington and local rivals Kirkby Lonsdale into third place.