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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Kells A see off Flimby to lift Dale Campbell-Savours Cup

For the second weekend in a row, Kells A overcame league winners Flimby to lift silverware.

Kells cup winners photo
Kells A celebrate

Seven days earlier they had triumphed in the Iggesund Cumberland ARL Second Division play-off final.

This time it was the replayed Dale Campbell-Savours Cup final after the original match had been abandoned midst disturbing scenes and they finished 24-8 winners.

There was no repeat this time but there was little between the two sides in the first-half as they left the field locked together at 4-4.

Kells A had gone in front when Nathan Mann powered over in the corner, too far out for teenager Ben Milburn to convert.

The Copeland side should have increased their lead but knocked-on over the line and they paid for that by conceding an equalising try.

Flimby had pushed hard and were rewarded when Nathan Kirkbride crossed the line but the conversion was missed.

Kells’ half time talk by Martin Thompson seemed to spur on the

Side with brothers Alan and Ryan McGuinness particularly effective as they worked hard.

A huge tackle from veteran Sean High, at 43 probably playing his last game, seemed to lift Kells even more and three minutes later they had regained the lead.

Young Milburn, not even born when High started his Kells career, danced over for a try which he converted himself.

Kells then started to dominate the tie with Steve Cullen another hard worker up-front.

Flimby, however, were dogged and determined and seemed to have weathered the Kells storm.

But the long, hard season had started to take its toll and there were some tired bodies in defence for them when another of the Kells’ youngsters, Joe Riley scored a well-taken try.

Unfortunately Kells lost Ross Gainford with a serious looking leg injury as he fell awkwardly after missing the conversion and for a while Flimby got back into the game.

Connor Wilson, their outstanding second-row forward, powered over for a try to give them hope but the conversion was again missed.

In the last ten minutes, however, Kells made sure of their second trophy as Milburn and Greg Lofthouse went in for tries. Milburn added one conversion.

After the problems with the final the first time round, the replay was played in the right spirit.

Kells A’s talented young Milburn was awarded the man of the match award, with good efforts from Cullen and Craig Kirkbride.

Wilson was one of Flimby’s top performers along with Alan Torley, who was a constant threat when given he ball out wide.

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