Kirkby Lonsdale 10, Fleetwood RU 25
ON the day Fleetwood Town secured their place in the Football League, the port’s rugby union side made it a double title celebration by clinching the North Lancs and Cumbria crown.
Stand-off Ryan Riches was unsuccessful with a long-range penalty after only three minutes and the visitors fell behind four minutes later, when Kirkby Lonsdale broke a tackle for the opening try.
Fleetwood applied pressure and cut the deficit with a Riches penalty for offside from a lineout.
And although Riches’ drop goal attempt fell short, Fleetwood soon took the lead when centre Craig Aikman drew his man to send flying winger Kris Phillips romping over. Riches’ conversion made it 10-5.
Their second try was on the cards when Bobby Jones broke from halfway down the right, but the ball went to ground.
Even so, Riches’ second penalty stretched the lead on 28 minutes and the try of the game soon followed.
Fleet won a scrum against the head, then Phillips won a race with two defenders to reach Aikman’s clever kick first. Riches’ conversion from wide on the left made it 20-5 at half-time.
Lee Storton twisted over for the final Fleetwood try after good work by man of the match Roger Banks at a catch and drive.
The sin-binning of Nick Smith did not disrupt Fleetwood as Jones was denied a try by a foot in touch.
The evergreen Lee Jones replaced the injured Aikman for the final quarter and there was a welcome return for Dave Hart, though Danny Tomlinson became the second Fleet player to receive a yellow card.
The home side’s best period of play was rewarded with their second try ten minutes from the end.
Fleetwood’s final game is at home to Furness on Saturday.