West 28 Kendal 19

By El Pedro - October 13 2012
West 28 Kendal 19
13 points We returned to winning ways with a vital bonus point victory over Kendal, surviving a second-half comeback by the visitors after they had trailed 21-0.

After narrow losses in the last two outings and with only one win from 6 we desperately needed the maximum 5 points from this game, not only to improve the look of the league table but to bring a much needed confidence boost to the squad.

Stu Waites struck the post with an early penalty goal but we maintained pressure and got the opening score on 7 minutes through Ryan Painter. A scrum near the right touchline wheeled in-field and when Stew Grazier picked up he found himself in space and was able to slip an inside pass to Painter who went in for the try untouched.

We continued to dominate the early stages and displayed some of the pace and support play which has been lacking since the opening day win over Birkenhead Park. Had it not been for some poor handling we could well have been further in-front before Greg Edwards doubled our lead just before the half hour. His chip ahead up the right touchline was well judged and despite close attention from Kendal fly-half Chris Park, he won the foot race to the loose ball. Waites added his second conversion for a 14-0 lead.

Andy Foreman replaced Painter at half-time and his impact couldn’t have been much more immediate. Barely a minute had been played when Adam Coates made a break from half-way and found Foreman who made the finish from 30 metres look easy. The simple conversion took the score to 21-0 and we looked to have the game well under control and by contrast, the visitors has barely threatened the try-line.

They were soon to put that right as first a rolling maul powered it’s way over the line and then number eight Garry Holmes went over from short range, Park converting the second try. In less than 10 minutes it brought the Cumbrians back into the game and with the penalty count mounting against us nerves were starting to build.

Waites eased those nerves somewhat with a superb solo try 15 minutes from time. Slipping through a gap in the backline he raced away, rounding the full-back for another score under the posts securing the bonus point in the process.

Kendal were still not done though and we spent most of the last 10 minutes on the back foot. Both sides were reduced to 14 when Jon Boatman and Glen Chesher saw yellow and moments later Nathan Myers joined them after a series of offside decisions. It was no surprise when prop Dominico Musetti powered his way over the line to reduce the arrears to 9 points.

Thankfully we rode out the closing 5 minutes and avoided a third straight nail-biting finish. A daunting trip to unbeaten Harrogate awaits next Saturday but returning to form at home is the key factor in climbing up the league and with three of the next five games coming at Brinkburn this result couldn’t have come at a better time.

West: 15 Colin Cheslin 14 Steve Jones 13 Andrew Cheslin 12 Luke Watson 11 Greg Edwards 10 Stu Waites 9 Ryan Painter 1 Ian Pinchen 2 Andrew Rollins 3 Adam Coates 4 Andrew Davies 5 Michael Hogan 6 Dan Boatman [capt] 7 Jon Boatman 8 Stewart Grazier 16 Andrew Dixon, 17 Andrew Foreman, 18 Nathan Myers. Tries: Painter, Edwards, Foreman, Waites Cons: Waites 4

YC: Coates, J Boatman, Myers

Kendal: 15 Simon Mulholland 14 Kale Hutchings 13 Alistair Thompson 12 Dan Lowther 11 Nathan Woof 10 Chris Park 9 Simon Davidson 1 Glen Chesher 2 Dave Peacock 3 Dominco Musetti 4 Laim Hayton 5 Reece Tomlinson 6 Peter Redhead 7 Tom Voke 8 Garry Holmes 16 Richard Harryman 17 James Thompson 18 Andrew Boardley Tries: Peacock, Holmes, Musetti Cons: Park 2 YC: Tomlinson, Chesher

West 28 Kendal 19
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14/10/2012 09:48
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Re: West 28 Kendal 19
Dogtrack (IP Logged)
14/10/2012 10:25
That's more like it lads.
All four tries scored by backs, and here's me thinking that after all that rain it was going to be a game for the forwards.
Pity us and the ref appeared to be playing to different offside laws.

Re: West 28 Kendal 19
westie242N (IP Logged)
14/10/2012 10:41
good result yesturday west! well done!! heard the stags also won! bad news about the bucks tho! right back at them next week tho!

Re: West 28 Kendal 19
Cincinnati kid (IP Logged)
15/10/2012 06:10
I don't get the opportunity to watch many games, living as far away as I do, soI was looking forward to the game against Kendal.I have to say that I was impressed with the enthusiasm, work rate and skill levels of all the players involved. I'm sure that given a bit of luck on the injury front, West will continue to do well on the pitch.
Well done West, and thanks for an enjoyable afternoon.

Re: West 28 Kendal 19
MikeyBoy (IP Logged)
15/10/2012 09:01
I thought Jones deserves a mention for rolling back the years with some great handling in particular. I thought he was going to get a try towards the end after a solid hand off on their winger.

Overall a good performance from west, chocky had another classic. We need to be able to adapt to the referee when we are in a spell of getting penalised a lot because that nearly let kendal back in

Re: West 28 Kendal 19
15/10/2012 10:53
Agree with Mikey. Excellent first half with some great running and support play, excellent tackling all round and specially good to see the backs getting the tries.
At 21-0 we should have closed the game out. However, we didn't and we will have to learn from that.

Re: West 28 Kendal 19
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
15/10/2012 14:44
Video now added.

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Chocky's Butler (IP Logged)
15/10/2012 16:04
Some decent tries there and well done lads

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