Playing their first league match for the newly formed Kendal Hockey Club, Kendal men’s 1s travelled to Golborne looking to start the new season on a positive note.
The match started with the home team pressing high and pushing the visitors back. Kendal struggled to cope with the nature of the Golborne pitch and unfortunately for them individual errors were evident all too often. It wasn’t long before Golborne pounced on one of these mistakes and broke the deadlock. Liam Derome then took it upon himself to make things happen for Kendal, driving down the left wing and earning the visitors a penalty corner. Aaron Screen dispatched the corner, flicking well into the goal to bring the game level. The half continued to be frustrating for Kendal as passages of play repeatedly broke down. Once again the home team capitalised and took the lead, and once again Kendal man of the match Screen drag flicked well, converting a penalty corner to make it all square.
Half time Golborne 2 – Kendal 2.
The second half saw the visitors begin to control the match. Finally, coming to grips with the bounce of the pitch, Kendal began to string together a series of passing plays. Simon Millington, John Stanworth and Chris Woodman looked secure at the back and the home team were under pressure. Golborne still posed a threat though and had pace to spare upfront. Disappointingly for Kendal, an unfortunate slip gifted the home team a goal against the run of play. Kendal pushed hard to break the Golborne lines, but despite being dominant time was fast running out. At the death Kendal were awarded a penalty corner and Tyson Barclay stepped up to slam the rebounding ball home with just 26 seconds remaining on the umpire’s watch. After a frustrating game, Kendal’s refusal to give up was rewarded with an away point.
Final score Golborne men’s 1s 3 – 3 Kendal men’s 1s.