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Fylde 41 Kendal 12

There's no substitute for pace said a disappointed Kendal supporter as he trudged away from the Woodlands at the end of the game. That summed up the match very well. It's a measure of the standards being set by Fylde's coaches and players that there was a tangible sense of disappointment amongst the squad at the end of a game in which they outscored their opponents by 6 tries to nil.

Coaching consultant Brian Ashton said afterwards: We're obviously pleased at another bonus point victory over a courageous Kendal team. But it was a stop start match in which we created loads of opportunities yet failed to convert a number of gilt edged chances. Our discipline let us down again - players have to take more responsibility for their own actions. After saying that, we did play some good rugby at times and with more accuracy we could have easily scored another 20 points.

This was a beautiful early Autumn day made for running rugby in front of a decent crowd of 1,200, In fact, Fylde played all the attacking rugby whilst a gritty Kendal squad tried hard but suffered from a painful lack of pace amongst their backs. They offered plenty of sweat and competent, close, driving play by their pack but rarely threatened the Fylde try line. Centre Mark Ireland is a very accomplished kicker and with a couple of penalties gave his side an unlikely 6-3 lead after 17 minutes following a yellow card offence by Fylde lock Nick King.

A lack of accuracy with the final pass undermined Fylde's display in the first quarter. But despite being down to 14 men, the dam finally burst after 22 minutes when Nick Royle came off his right wing and got on the end of a fluent backs & forwards move to score in the left corner. The impressive Mike Waywell, who had perhaps his best all round game for Fylde, converted for a 10-6 lead. Ireland kicked his third penalty to reduce the deficit on 31 minutes.

Five minutes later, another sequence of inter-passing left Jason Robinson plenty to do 25m out on the left side. But Billy Whizz's trademark twinkling footwork enabled him to break the defensive line and squirm over the try line for his first score for his new club in front of a delighted crowd and a 15-9 half-time lead.

The 2nd half started in the same fashion as the 1st had ended. A neat early try by Waywell was added to by Paul Arnold's drive from close range. The huge lock, the division's top try scorer last season whan at Caldy, is made for the dynamic, off-loading game being preached by Fylde's coaches and he added a second try on 60 minutes from a similar position. This was after Fylde had been reduced to a permanent 14 men when the referee gave King a 2nd yellow for a technical offence.

Kendal had periods of forward pressure and fought hard, aided by some indiscipline by the home side. But they lacked penetration and found no way through an efficient Fylde defence. Despite a penalty count which was hugely against Fylde given by the officious Matt Daubney, they shrugged this off and kept attacking. On 69 minutes an attack down the right saw fly-half Richard Kenyon step his way through a tired Cumbrian defence to conclude the scoring. We are still a 'work in progress' said Kenyon but goodness knows what we'll do when we really click!

FYLDE: 15 Jason Robinson; 14 Nick Royle, 13 Stephen Briers, 12 Mike Waywell, 11 Oliver Brennand; 10 Richard Kenyon, 9 Craig Aikman; 1 Tom Lavelle, 2 Jonny Roddam, 3 Peter Altham, 4 Paul Arnold, 5 Nick King, 6 Dan Waller, 7 Steve McGinnis, 8 Sam Beaumont(c). Replacements: 16 Tony Thoma, 17 Dan Madden, 18 Grant Ferguson, 19 Callum McShane, 20 Tom Hart.

KENDAL: 15 Simon Mulholland; 14 Ben Robinson, 13 Ian Voortman, 12 Mark Ireland, 11 John Ladell; 10 Kyle Peyper, 9 Will Voke; 1 Billy Coxon, 2 Duncan Green, 3 Richard Harryman, 4 Liam Hayton, 5 Gareth Gore (c), 6 Dan White, 7 Nathan Bland, 8 Joe Mallinson. Replacements: 16 Andrew Quarry, 17 Richard Bennett, 18 Reece Tomlinson, 19 Chris Park, 20 Dan Lowther.

Fylde: Tries: Royle 22; Robinson 36; Waywell 42; Arnold 44, 60; Kenyon 69.

Con. Waywell x4; Penalties Waywell 5 mins.

Red card: King (52). Yellow card: Ferguson 79.

Kendal: penalties - Ireland 8, 17, 31, 52.

STAR MAN: Mike Waywell (Fylde)

Referee: Matt Daubney

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