|Preston Vs Kendal - Match Report|
|Written by Alistair Sanderson|
|Monday, 29 September 2008 20:00|
PRESTON GRASSHOPPERS 23 – KENDAL 15
After a break of two seasons Kendal travelled to Lightfoot Green to play old rivals Preston Grasshoppers in their widely anticipated 3 North league game.
In a fast paced opening ten minutes both sides tried to play an open expansive game which was exciting to watch but produced no points for either side.
The first points of the game came in the thirteenth minute when Kendal were penalised for going off their feet at a ruck. Centre Nick Smith, who had moved to standoff minutes earlier after Martin Gambles had left the field with a leg injury, made no mistake with his kick at goal.
Kendal soon levelled the scores when Preston No.8 Dan Waller was yellow carded for handling at a ruck. Dan Stephens slotted the penalty.
Kendal extended their lead in the twenty-fourth minute. A quick throw-in on halfway started the move, the ball was then moved across the field at pace to left wing Lewis Boyd in oceans of space and he sprinted in at the corner for an unconverted try.
Restored to full strength the larger and stronger Preston pack upped the anti and from straight running with good support second row forward Marc Balshaw crashed over from close range for a try converted by Smith.
Preston’s 10-8 lead was needlessly extended when Kendal conceded a stupid penalty in front of their own posts. Kendal had done the hard work in defending their try line against a concerted Preston attack and forced a mistake that gave Kendal the put-in to the scrum, but Kendal chat to the referee gifted Preston the opportunity for Smith to kick three more points and give the home side an 8 point lead minutes before halftime.
But Kendal showing strong character regained possession and when they earned themselves a penalty when Preston were caught offside Stephens punted the ball to touch close to the Preston try line. Kendal won good ball and drove hard for the line with No.8 Craig Wilson using all his strength to force his way over the whitewash, Stephens brilliantly converted from a tight angle to give Kendal a narrow 2 point lead going into the second half.
A powerful tackle by centre Ian Voortman early in the second half looked to have given Kendal an excellent counter-attacking opportunity but the referee viewed that Voortman had infringed by attempting to play the ball on the ground, he was penalised and shown the yellow card. Preston could not capitalise on their one man advantage, but again Kendal indiscipline cost them dearly in the sixty-third minute when the referee marched Kendal back ten metres for completely unnecessary backchat – putting Smith in goal kicking range and once again he made no mistake with his kick at goal.
The Preston forwards were now in control of the game and their second try came in the sixty-seventh minute and was scored by their powerful winger Russell Flynn and was converted from close to the touchline by Smith, who had a flawless afternoon with his place kicking and crucially gave the home side an 8 point lead.
Preston held onto that lead until the final whistle and denied Kendal even a losing bonus point, but at the end of the day Kendal only have themselves to blame.
They will now look to return to winning ways in their next league match at Mint Bridge against Huddersfield, who were the other promoted side from North One last season.
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