With both teams having a blank weekend, Penrith “A” and Kendal 2 sorted out a friendly game on Saturday which resulted in the Green and Whites heading down the A6 for a fixture which was played on the Artificial pitch behind the new home Clubhouse .Both teams had full squads with Penrith taking 22 players of all age, shapes and abilities. Kendal were in a similar position but had the advantage of a couple of first team players coming back from injury including influential No. 10, Dino Noyo .
The game started well for the visitors when a scrum on the Kendal 22 after three minutes lead to a show and go from stand-off Kyle Ryder who shimmied his way under the posts.
Play ebbed and flowed with both sides carrying well but both making handling errors. Fifteen minutes in and Kendal made a break following a good line out which was stopped illegally by a high tackle but the resulting penalty was knocked on and with non-contested scrums because of the home team’s lack of front row the danger was cleared.
Shortly after, Kendal made a break from half time and Noyo chipped ahead, collected the ball and scored in the corner. The kick was unsuccessful. Five minutes the same player repeated the same trick and scored again but missed the conversion.
Half time came and both teams made some interchanges, but with Kendal pressing on the visitors 22 there was no defence on the blind side of a ruck and the home winger exploited the gap and strolled in under the posts. This was followed where the home team scored another converted try following a penalty on the visitor’s 5 metre line.
Penrith were not down hearted however and continued to press and from a line out on the home 22 a driving maul involving virtually all the team resulted in a try in the corner.
As the game entered its conclusion Kendal’s players used their experience with probing kicks to turn the visitors back and the final play saw them gain a final converted try from a lucky kick ahead which sat up nicely for their winger to score under the posts.
A final score of 33 -12 to the home team didn’t really reflect the flow of the game and there were positives for Penrith in the form of a good turnout of players and supporters and a more meaningful competition compared with some of the easier games they have had this season. There is no doubt that some of the players are capable of stepping up to the First team and the whole squad can improve if they can commit themselves to some degree of training.
Squad: Lydon,Sealby,Stannfield,ChrisJackson,Hope,Philipson,Fawcett,Quail,Dixon,Ryder,Alex Jackson,Farley,Hook,Jenkinson,Morland.Robinson,Hamilton,Dawson,Hollings,Hipwell,Barras