NEVER has there been such a good example of guile and experience being too good for youthful exuberance than on Saturday at Kirkby Lonsdale where, in the most pleasant of surroundings LSH recorded their second win in National 2 North West.

The Laners defeated the hosts 25-17.

On a day when the heavy rain never stopped, neither did both sides, providing an entertaining if error strewn match.

The youthful home side were by far the guilty party and on this occasion Paddy Royal’s men were unforgiving, particularly in the first half. A good job too, as LSH ultimately found themselves in a rear-guard action for most of the second half.

Attacking from the off and kicking long throughout the half LSH registered three tries by the half hour mark.

The first came in the 12th minute from debutante Addison Cosgrove sprinting home from 15 yards out, after a quick backs move had finished off heavy forwards pressure.

The second followed the home side’s inability to deal with the high ball bringing another strong drive, before ever-busy full back Jack Kennedy popped up to score under the posts.

Matthew Wood converted, before adding penalty a few minutes later. Not long after.

Wood produced a turn of foot to glide through the defence before converting his own try for a 22 point lead.

Kirkby Lonsdale then showed what they were capable of when eventually gaining decent possession with a try in the corner on the stroke of half time.

Early in the second half an LSH decision to kick a penalty, Wood successful, seemed to be a turning point in the game as Kirby Lonsdale had much the better of the exchanges for the rest of the game.

A converted try after 54 minutes spurred them on, calling upon all LSH’s experience and determination to keep them out, with strong back row tackling from Thompson, Gates and Webster to the fore.

Inevitably though the home side did score again with just three minutes left in the clock.

The conversion was missed and LSH had done more than enough to run the clock down and deserved to return to Moss Lane with the win.

LSH 2ND XV 50 Garstang 2ND XV 17 No games next week.

LSH Women are on the Cup Trail once again after beating Southport 36-0  in the RFU Intermediate Cup 1st Round.

Tries came from Hannah Roberts (2), Gee Dolan, Bekah Anthony, Rachel Hobson and Liv Barlow.