Kirkby Lonsdale’s game beat the weather on Saturday but the Cumbrians came up short at Altrincham Kersal as their unbeaten run came to an end.
Conditions in Greater Manchester were dry but a howling gale helped the home side into an early 7-0 lead as they blew through a rearranged Kirkby backline.
Tom Pickthall did put the visitors on the board with a penalty to make it 7-3 but they soon handed the initiative back to Altrincham.
A misplaced pass allowed Kersal to intercept for a score to make it 12-3 before the hosts had the final say of the half with a quick tap and go penalty helping them to another try and a 17-3 advantage.
Kirkby got their try count moving at the start of the second half with skipper Ben Walker evading a couple of tackles with a typically fast and powerful burst.
He was eventually held but as so managed to grub kick the ball over the try line with perfect weight for Ryan Terry to sprint through and score.
The conversion was wide but it was game on at 17-8 and Kirkby continued to press. Kersal were reduced to 14 after a yellow card for a deliberate knock but the visitors couldn’t turn their numerical advantage into points.
The game was fractured and scrappy, Pickthall seeing a penalty go wide in the swirling wind as Kirkby struggled to find a way back into the game.
The numerous stoppages gave Kirkby time to go over deep into stoppage time to reduce the arrears to 17-13.
The Cumbrians couldn’t find the further try they needed as they lost for the first time this season.
The losing bonus point keeps Kirkby well in contention in equal second place on 49 points with Wilmslow and this makes for an interesting fixture when they visit Underley Park next Saturday.
Vale’s clash with Widnes washed out
The Vale of Lune’s game at home to Widnes was washed out.
The Powderhouse Lane outfit are next due to travel to Carlisle on Saturday but the Cumbrian town has been amongst the worst hit by floods.
A statement on the Vale of Lune website read: “Everyone at the Vale of Lune send their best wishes to Carlisle Rugby Club as they tackle a massive clear up operation yet again.
“Our thoughts are not only with our long standing friends at Carlisle Rugby Club but those many thousands of people throughout Cumbria, and our own particular patch in North Lancashire, who have had to contend with such horrendous weather conditions and its aftermath.”