KENDAL 13 – 34 PERCY PARK
On a day blighted yet again by snow and bad weather Park v Kendal was only one of 3 games played in National 3 North. Despite the A66 being closed due to snow, and the team bus not arriving at the allotted time, Park’s players and posse of supporters arrived via the A69 and M6 to Mint Bridge where the previous day’s snow had gone, but still covered the surrounding hills and mountains. The strong easterly wind made the chill factor well below freezing, but in spite of the cold both sides played their part in an entertaining game.
Kendal kicked off with Park receiving, sporting white and red shirts to accommodate the home sides black strip, in this league the away team changes in the event of a colour clash. Inside 5 minutes Park were awarded a penalty which Ash Smith struck well and it appeared to be on target, but the swirling wind moved the ball off centre and it hit the post and bounced out. Kendal retrieved the ball and a clearance kick into the strong wind found full back Michael Stephenson, who ran the ball back. Kendal repelled the counter attack, but quick ball through the back line found flanker Jack Davidson who finished off a good try. Ash Smith made amends for the earlier missed penalty and Park led 7 – 0 after 8 minutes.
In the run up to the try, James Bird had ploughed through several tackles, leaving injured players in his wake, and as a result, scrum half Dini Nayo was taken from the field on a stretcher with a serious knee injury which will probably keep him out for the remainder of the season.