Kendal travelled to Preston this weekend and despite the driving rain confidence was high as The Greens hoped to carry on their form from the previous match.
Kendal started well. Their packed midfield soaked up the initial threats from the home side and countered quickly. Unfortunately for Kendal, several early chances to take the lead were spurned and it wasn’t long before Preston created their own scoring opportunities. Rob Cartwright was on top form however, and it took a strike of top quality to eventually breach his goal. A second was added within minutes as the home side pounced on a defensive lapse. Worryingly for Kendal, Cartwright was felled when a rocket of a shot found a gap in his pads and forced an early end to the first half as he received treatment.
Half time Preston 2 – Kendal 0.
Thankfully, Cartwright was able to take to the field again for the restart. It is testament to the young keeper’s resolve that, even when injured, he was able to put in a performance earning him the man of the match. Kendal seemed rejuvenated after the break and scored soon after the restart. Steve Barclay finished with a clever flick at the near post after a slick passing move. However, despite starting the half well, it was not to be Kendal’s day. Preston were able to pull the away team out of formation as the second half became a feisty affair. Despite Liam Platt’s battling in midfield, Charlie Long and Simon Millington’s hard work at the back and a solid debut by Andrew Melville, Kendal were unable to play hockey of the quality they have come to expect. Tyson Barclay scored Kendal’s second goal after he latched onto Platt’s cross and slipped it under the advancing keeper. Kendal hope to bounce back next week when they face Bury men’s 1s at home.
Final score: Preston men’s 3s 5 – 2 Kendal men’s 1s.