SECONDS STUNG BY HORNETS
Andy Boland reports on a disappointing afternoon at Waterloo Road.
The Kendal Second XV is effectively a Development-side to support a First XV who play in National League Three (North) two levels above Southport First XV. Not surprisingly its second string is top of the league and despite a gutsy performance from Southport in parts the difference in class was there to see.
Kendal set off like a house on fire and its heavy pack pushed Southport back at the first scrum enabling the No. 8 to run in a try. This pre-empted the opening of the floodgates with the visitor’s power, pace and organisation enabling a succession of scores throughout the one-way half as the home side constantly struggled to get numbers into the rucks.
Strong words from coach Bernie Gavin gave the Southport lads some belief that they could compete which they began to do putting their bodies on the line with try saving tackles and big hits, and a spell of pressure on the Kendal line.
In the end the increased effort was to no avail and a very good Kendal team ran out 54-0 winners and to enjoy the fruits of their labour on the long coach journey home.