The Men’s 2s welcomed second in the league Formby to The Queen Katherine School for an early start this Saturday and so were fortunate to miss the beginning of the mildly moist conditions that hindered later matches.
Kendal were hit by some noticeable absences this weekend and were forced to make some drastic changes to their line-up. The stand out change being last weeks man of the match and scorer of three goals Matt Clinton. Clinton showed his adaptability as a player and his worth as a clubman by donning the keepers pads to help out his team and club.
The match began with both teams looking to score early, in fact Phil Conlin did find the back of the net only for the goal to be dismissed for an adjudged foot in the build up. Both keepers were kept busy as the end to end match showed that Kendal were capable of playing well against the best teams in the league. Unfortunately for Kendal, the visitors calmness on the ball showed why they were in such a strong league position. Taking their opportunities from penalty corners well, Formby took control of the game and converted twice. Clinton managed to keep Kendal in the game when he saved a penalty stroke against an experienced striker.
Half time- Kendal 0 – 2 Formby.
The second half started with Kendal confident they could still get something out of the match. Both Josh and Sam Weeks were putting in solid shifts and with Fraser Donaldson and Dan Stearne bombing down their respective wings the home side always looked liked they were in with a chance. The defensive line of Hayton, Iain Donaldson, Blunt and Elshaw were running themselves into the ground to shut down the ever present Formby threat. Eventually Kendal earned themselves a penalty corner. Man of the match Conlin trapped Donaldson’s injection and captain Harry Denney struck the ball first time with such venom that it seemed to go straight through the keeper. The Greens were back in the game.
The home side pushed on in an attempt to find the net again and the deserved points that another goal would bring. Unfortunately for Kendal, despite the continued pressure, Formby were not for conceding again and the visitors foiled any attempts to break their lines. Once more Formby showed their position in the league was not by chance as late in the half they added a third from a well taken breakaway. Kendal were beaten, but take pride in their tenacious performance against strong opposition.
Full time- Kendal Men’s 2s 1 – 3 Formby Men’s 4s.
Kendal will regroup to go again against local rivals Windermere 2s at home next weekend.