Despite losing again, Keswick Rugby Club had their best scoring return of the season so far in North One West.

They went down 45-21 at Burnage, scoring three times in the final 15 minutes while also keeping a clean sheet in that final spell.

Keswick only had two replacements and, by half-time, they were 19-0 behind after slack defending helped the home side build an early lead.

That advantage had increased to 45-0 when Ryan Weir made an excellent run on the right and, when stopped, he was able to pass to Harry Vaillant who ran through more tackles on 67 minutes to score.

Keswick kept up the pressure, forwards and backs combining, before Matty Roper found a gap to score.

Still not giving up, Keswick continued to press forward and were, eventually, rewarded as Roper finished off a series of attacks. Lewis Bell converted all three tries.

Penrith’s away form recently has been woeful, so it was good for them to record a 29-18 win at Vale of Lune.

They got off to a decent start after the pack won steady ball and Josh Dowson went from the back of a scrum to score an unconverted try.

The Cumbrians then scored from the restart after they secured the kick on the 22.

George Graham launched the high clearance kick which Scott Lancaster got to and knocked back. The ball was then moved slickly to the left where Ed Swale set Brook Birley away and he, eventually, had support from Olly Gutteridge who scored.

The home side then stirred into life, and they eventually struck back with a catch and drive try from a five-metre line-out.

Penrith didn’t take long to reply and, after Ross Jackson cut right through, he gave James Reynolds an easy run-in.

Vale again rumbled over after a catch and drive from a line deep in Penrith territory and Penrith’s lead was down to three points.

But, by half-time, it was 20-12 as Gutteridge wriggled over for his second try.

Penrith had Dan Richardson binned, and a converted try for Vale pulled the deficit back to a point early in the second half. It looked ominous when Gutteridge was also yellow-carded, but the 13 men dug in and started playing some solid rugby.

As the match went into the final quarter, they pulled out their lead with a really well-taken try from Birley.

Penrith turned the screw in the final stages and Vale had a man yellow-carded as they were penalised right under their own posts.

Skipper Swale elected for the penalty kick, and put over his side’s first successful kick of the afternoon to extend their lead to two scores which proved enough.