STRUGGLING Percy Park put in a performance which belied their lowly North One East position to end Kendal's fine run on Saturday.

The Mint Bridge side did not perform badly despite the long trip to Tyneside, but they were unfortunate to run into a home side in their very best form who surged to a 34-14 win.

In good conditions, Percy Park immediately gained the upper hand but having weathered the early storm, the visitors grabbed an early lead when skipper Glen Weightman fed Glen Chesher who sent in Robbie Collinson for an excellent try which Weightman converted.

The big Park pack continued to dominate and after reducing the arrears with an Ash Smith penalty, they went ahead on 25 minutes with an unconverted try.

Despite being on the backfoot, Kendal continued to have chances with Chesher coming close, but Park extended their lead on the half hour with a try by centre Ali Blair which Smith converted.

The visitors did not give up and made a good start to the second half with Nick Carlton being stopped just short, but as they tried to force their way over, a Kendal pass to be intercepted and Park broke to add another try.

Kendal continued to compete and pulled a try back after 10 minutes as Lewis Kincart plunged over after a quickly take penalty, Weightman converting to make it 22-14.

The next score was vital and it went to Park, a powerful run by Blair taking him over with Smith converting.

Injuries to Jordan Johnson, Robbie Collinson and Chesher did not help the cause, and Park sealed the win with a fifth try in injury time.

Kendal stay out of the bottom three as Durham’s game against Pockington was postponed due to the recent sudden death at just 27 of a former Pocklington player who was in their team at Mint Bridge just two seasons ago.

The Mint Bridge men have a free date this weekend then return to action a week on Saturday when Morley are the visitors.