Woodward: Kendal experience will stand us in good stead

Ben Charnley, Adam Foxcroft and Paul McClaren-Dorrington get to grips with the conditions at Kendal.
Ben Charnley, Adam Foxcroft and Paul McClaren-Dorrington get to grips with the conditions at Kendal.
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Vale of Lune head coach Paul Woodward was pleased with his side’s endeavour despite slipping to defeat at Kendal on Saturday.

The hosts won the North One West derby 22-10 in a mud bath at Shap Road but there were positives for the district side according to the man in charge.

He said: “The conditions were atrocious and I think a lot of clubs wouldn’t have played the game.

“The pitch was like a paddy field which favoured Kendal because they have a big, experienced pack.

“I’m obviously disappointed to lose but I think it will be a good experience for a young team and we scored a fantastic try.

“We went down to 13 players at one point and the referee admitted he couldn’t tell who played for who in the last 15 to 20 minutes!

“But it’s a credit the game was even on and if we’re building towards promotion next year I was pleased with the players because we had a really good go.

“Some teams will go there and get 50 or 60 points put on them in those conditions.”

The Vale of Lune are without a game this weekend before hosting Wilmslow on February 8 with Woodward set to run the rule over the club’s second team on Saturday.

He said: “There’s a few free weekends so the league has a provision for if games are called off.

“A few of the lads need some game time and will get a run out and a chance to impress in the seconds (against Chester at Powderhouse Lane) because there’s places up for grabs.”