Lymm 26 (0) v Kendal 11 (3)
Saturday 16th February 2013
Kendal travelled to Lymm, looking to build on their win last week. On a bright afternoon, they played up the slope, with the slight breeze in their favour in the first half.
The opening exchange were even, with the Lymm back division looking confident with ball in hand, whilst the Kendal pack made good ground whenever they had control of the ball.
After ten minutes there were a series of incidents with Lymm flanker Tim Oakes appearing to be waging a private war, with punches exchanged with a number of Kendal players including Reece Thomlinson and Rob Quarry. Referee Geoff Smith chose to take no action, until the passage of play finished on the opposite touch line, whilst Quarry was still receiving attention for the loss of teeth, which ended his game. A warning was then issued to both captains. Quarry was replaced by Dan White.
Kendal opened the scoring after a quarter of an hour with a penalty from Chris Park from in front of the posts. This followed a series of drives by the pack from a line out, and when the ball was spread wide, the Lymm defence was caught offside. 0v3
The hard work of the Kendal forwards was being wasted with poor kicking, giving the ball back to the Lymm back division to mount repeated attacks, putting pressure on the Kendal defence.
Reece Thomlinson became the second forward to be forced to leave the field with an injury. This saw Ben Leacock come on, leaving Kendal with no opportunity to rotate their pack later in the game.
With ten minutes of the half to go Kendal had to withstand a number of attacks on their line by the Lymm forwards. One move was stopped on the line, when Liam Hayton managed to prevent the ball from being grounded.
Just before the end of the half, Chris Park had the chance to double the Kendal advantage, with a long range penalty from in front of the post, after a Lymm tackler was penalised for not rolling away, but the kick drifted wide.
At the end of normal time, Lymm second row and captain Olli Higginson was sin binned, moments after the referee had issued a general warning, but Kendal were unable to make the extra man advantage count.
Lymm came out for the second half fired up, and another poor Kendal kick from defence, gave Lymm the ball, and after they stretched the Kendal defence, prop Jordan Widdrington squeezed over in the corner, although there seemed to be some debate whether he grounded the ball. 5v3
Five minutes later Lymm extended their lead. Substitute Tom Darbyshire broke a number of tackles to set up a try for fullback Joe Knowles and left wing Cormack Nolan converted for a 12v3 lead.
Chris Park reduced the lead after fifteen minutes, with another penalty 12v6.
Kendal were back in the game with fifteen minutes to go. Lymm were on the attack deep in the Kendal twenty two, and a further Lymm try looked inevitable, only for Kendal right wing Jamie Postlethwaite to intercept a pass. Despite the attempts of a number of Lymm players to catch him, he went the length of the field to score in the corner. Chris Park was unable to convert, but the lead was down to a single point. 12v11.
With ten minutes of normal time to go, further weak Kendal tackling saw them concede two quick tries, to see the game taken away from them again. First Lymm second row Olli Higginson was able to make a long break to set up a try in the left corner for centre Dave Williamson. Nolan putting over an excellent conversion 19v11.
A poor restart kick was run back by Sion Williams, and hooker Pete Allan evaded numerous attempted tackles, to score with Nolan converting. 26v11.
Both teams had chances to score in the final ten minutes, but the game ended with a score line which did not reflect the Kendal efforts, which were again let down by a number of errors.
15 Dan Lowther [rep : Simon Mulholland]
14 Alistair Thompson
13 Dini Nayo
12 Jason Poleman
11 Jamie Postlethwaite
10 Chris Park
9 Simon Davidson
1 Alistair Livesey
2 Duncan Green
3 Richard Harriman
4 Liam Hayton (C)
5 Reece Tomlinson [rep : Ben Leacock]
6 Dan Greenwood
7 Garry Holmes
8 Rob Quarry [rep : Dan White]
15 Joe Knowles
14 Richard McEvoy
13 Dave Williamson
12 Nathan Fernyhough
11 Cormack Nolan
10 Tom Bray
9 Tom Baker
1 Nick Ashton
2 Pete Allan
3 Jordan Widdrington
4 Sion Williams
5 Olli Higginson
6 Tim Oakes
7 Sam Mullarkey
8 Adam Bray
Referee : Geoff Smith