West 28 Kendal 36

By Dave Picken - March 15 2020
West 28 Kendal 36 We did it again. Looking good for a bonus point win after an hour we allowed Kendal to pinch the game with three tries in the last ten minutes. 

We had gone into a 7-0 lead as early as the fourth minute when Max Tennant came off the left wing for his first try of the season. He burst through the centre after the West pack had mauled their opposition 25 metres.
Kendal came back with fly half Glen Weightman dfummying his way through  from close range with his conversion levelling the scores.
Weightman put his side into the lead with a penalty before Adam Coates led a West charge up the left. It led to quick ball from Ryan Painter sending flanker Adam Brown powering over to set up an easy conversion for Zac Southern.
Playing into the wind we continued to threaten and it was no surprise when we increased the lead after 38 minutes. It came from a scrum ten metres from the line with Chris Atkins touching down as the opposition were driven back.
It looked like we would turn round with a healthy 21-10 half time lead but Kendal right winger Noyo Dinilesizwe had other ideas.
There looked to be little danger as he collected just outside the West 22. However, a neat chip over the defenders fell perfectly for him to score in the corner with Weightman adding a superb touchline conversion to bring the half to an end.
Thanks to the dominance of the pack we started the second half favourites to build on the lead - only to suffer an early blow when Chris Atkins was sin-binned for a deliberate knock on.
Then two golden chances were wasted. Southern’s pass to Tennant went to ground, with the line at the winger’s mercy, and then Southern did touchdown only for referee Mark Harrington to rule that the final pass from Will Hilditch was forward.
We did achieve a rare bonus point when once again Kendal were shunted  off their own ball in a scrum close to the visitor’s line - when the ball went loose Alex Barker was the first to pounce.
The conversion gave us an 11 point lead.  Instead of closing the game down with 20 minutes to play Kendal were allowed back into it.
With just seven minutes left the visitors reduced the arrears after Barker was yellow carded for coming in at the side. From the penalty No 8 Dan Greenwood powered his way over to put his side within four points.
Kendal’s tails were up, but there was controversy over the try on 76 minutes which gave them a one point lead. Replacement winger Dan Shorrock went in at the corner after quick ball from a breakdown in front of the West posts. The Kendal touch judge’s flag went up as he crossed but the try was allowed to stand after he explained he’d raised it in celebration rather than a foot in touch.
We had four minutes to rescue the game. Instead, we handed it to Kendal when a wayward pass fell behind the home backs just inside their own half. Kendal swooped with centre Nic Carlton weaving his way over to give his side a victory which had looked unlikely for most of the game.

West: Zac Southern, Owen Westhorp, Will Hilditch, Lewis Scott, Max Tennant, Ollie Connolly, Ryan Painter (capt), Liam Pennick, Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates, Jake Linighan, James Borthwick, Carl Miller, Adam Brown, Chris Atkins.
Replacements: Alex Barker, Ben Armstrong, Harry Mayes.
Tries: Tennant, Brown, Atkins, Barker.
Cons: Southern (4).
Yellow: Atkins, Barker, Tennant.

Kendal: Chris Park, Lewis Kincart, Nic Carlton, Mark Carruthers, Noyo Dinilesizwe, Glen Weightman, Jordan Johnson, Glenn Chesher, Logan Flertt, Tom Moulton, Ross McKay, Chris Evans, Steve Nelson, Ben Dixon, Dan Greenwood.
Replacements: Richard Harryman, Dabe Blenkharn, Dan Shorrovk.
Tries: Weightman, Dinilesizwe, Greenwood, Shorrock, Carlton.
Cons: Weightman (4)
Pen: Weightman.
Yellow: Carruthers.

Referee: Mark Harrington (Durham Society).



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