SLIDESHOW: Kendal 22-10 Vale

Vale of Lune travelled to Mint Bridge to face Kendal for the first time since August 2005 on Saturday, and crashed to defeat.

The Kendal faithful did not have to wait too long for their favourites to post the opening score after two minutes when stand off Dan Lowther spotted a chink of light and crossed for an unconverted try.

Vale players enjoying a mud bath.

Vale players enjoying a mud bath.

With hail and rain sweeping down the pitch from the clubhouse end and into the faces of Vale’s players the stage was set for a rumble in the swamp.

In the 17th minute Kendal’s forwards cranked up a gear, the Vale scrambled and slithered but were unable to stop the inevitable happening as Matty Houghton touched down for a popular unconverted try.

The Vale had taken a considerable pounding during the first quarter but their fortunes began to change when Jack Turton intercepted a rare wayward Kendal pass to put his side on the front foot.

Nick Royle started to feature more in counter attacks and in the 24th minute the visitor’s enterprise was rewarded with a successful penalty goal from Turton.

Kendal returned from the warmth of the changing rooms to produce some titanic passages of rugby in the second half.

In the teeth of some quite fearsome scrummages the Vale were reduced to 13 players at one stage with Phil Berry and David Haigh in the sin bin and before the hour James Hesketh was sent to the cooler.

Scrum followed scrum in the opening 20 minutes and soon after Hesketh went off Kendal heaved the Vale over their line, wing forward Gary Holmes being awarded the try amidst scenes of unbridled joy in the stand.

There were repeated power plays from Kendal but the next score came from the Vale in the 72nd minute.

In a rare trip into Kendal territory the ball was moved wide, Haigh slipped a perfect pass to Turton, the number ten sold a delightful dummy to race over for a try which he converted via an upright.

The Vale were in possession of a losing bonus point but this was snatched from their grasp when Kendal collected their try bonus point in the 82nd minute.

Although the Vale defended a five metre line out they struggled at a five metre scrum.

Gradually Kendal inched their way towards the line, number eight James Thompson never took his eyes off the ball and at the ideal moment pounced, stand off Chris Park converted with a swirling kick to complete a historic league double.

*Vale A were beaten 20-8 at home to Burnage on Saturday. A Mike Barker try and a Jamie Antcliffe penalty weren’t enough to help their team avoid defeat.