Kirkby Lonsdale 22-19 Leigh

Kirkby Lonsdale.
Kirkby Lonsdale.

Kirkby Lonsdale made it two wins out of two in North One West with a 22-19 victory over Leigh at Underley Park on Saturday.

Kirkby, who next travel to the Vale of Lune in a big derby on Saturday, played out a real game of two halves as they nearly threw away what at one stage looked like being a comfortable victory.

Fresh from hat-trick in the opening day win at Blackburn Lwazi Ngcungama crashed over for the first score with Tom Pickthall converting.

Pickthall then added a penalty before Josh Maddock showed some strong running to score Kirkby’s second try near the posts.

It was 22-0 when Ngcungama scored his second after Chris Ramwell’s fine weaving run had been halted close to the line.

Leandro Kwiczor picked up a yellow card early in the second half in a sign of things to come for Kirkby.

Leigh took immediate advantage and when the visitors added a second try midway through the period alarm bells were starting to ring at 22-12.

Errors increasingly crept into the Kirkby game and when Leigh crossed for a converted score late on a grandstand finale looked in prospect at 22-19.

The hosts held out however with a relieved Underley Park welcoming referee Ieuan Davies’ final whistle.