Second in North One West Kirkby Lonsdale kicked off 2015 with a fine 29-0 win over Widnes at Underley Park.
An excellent all-round team performance proved too much for the visitors who will have travelled north with plenty of optimism sitting fourth in the table themselves.
After missing an early penalty Kirkby kept up the pressure on the Widnes line with a penalty try eventually awarded at the end of the first quarter. Six minutes later it was 17-0 with the hosts in unstoppable form as Jack Akrigg and David Bird scored unconverted tries out wide.
Widnes did have points scoring opportunities from penalties in kickable range but opted every time to keep the ball in hand with tap and goes and there was never really any threat to the Kirkby line as the half drew to a close.
It was Harry Ralston who came closest to extending Kirkby’s lead before the interval, but after breaking out his own twenty-two he was bundled into touch near the Widnes corner flag.
Kirkby’s Chad Spence was sent to the sin bin early in the second period but down to 14 men the hosts’ response was score their fourth and bonus point try with second row Nick Edney getting his first for the club.
Tom Pickthall’s conversion extended the lead to 24–0 and Kirkby were in total control.
Kirkby then lost Sam Cairns to another yellow card but once again the Cumbrians scored when a man down as Ben Walker’s unconverted try completed the scoring.