Kirkby Lonsdale 44-10 Warrington

Kirkby Lonsdale were convincing winners over Warrington.
Kirkby Lonsdale were convincing winners over Warrington.
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Kirkby Lonsdale ran in seven tries as they returned to winning ways in style at Underley Park on Saturday.

The bonus-point victory over Warrington takes Kirkby back into the mid-table pack in the North One West with a host of sides around the 40-point mark.

The hosts went behind early on however, a converted try on five minutes putting Kirkby 7-0 down, but they hit back almost immediately.

Dave Barton started and finished a stunning move from inside his own half that also included Jack Akrigg and Sam Latuto reduce the arrears to two points.

Number eight Craig Galbraith then powered over for a try to put his side into a lead they were never to lose.

Man of the match Galbraith soon had his second try, scoring from close in again after good work from Alan Robinson and Ben Walker allowed left wing Martyn Knapton to make good ground before being tackled a metre short.

Kirkby tightened their grip on the game further when prop Tim Groves scored following a period of pressure near the Warrington line, securing a bonus point as the score moved to 20-7 at half-time.

Warrington started the second half at a frantic pace with Kirkby number seven Stuart Storey and Barton both picking up yellow cards as it was backs to the wall for the hosts.

Somehow, Kirkby stood firm with 13 men and didn’t yield a score while they were two men down.

Warrington did score a penalty to make it 20-10 as the game entered the final quarter but Kirkby came back into things with the visiting full back the next to take a turn in the sin bin.

Tom Pickthall made no mistake with the resulting penalty and the lead was further extended thanks to a try from full back Tom Slater.

Smelling blood, the hosts were rampant Walker scoring a converted try under the posts for 37-10 to wrap up the victory.

There was still another score to come however with the hosts awarded a penalty try converted by Pickthall.