This Saturday Kendal ladies first team travelled away hoping to gain some points at Brooklands Poynton who are also sat in the lower end of the league table.
From the whistle it seemed the home team were also desperate for their first win of the season as they started with possession and were quick to occupy territory in Kendal’s half. It took the visitors a little time to get properly organised, not helped by the incessant downpour that hindered Kendal’s warm-up enthusiastically led by Emma Hill, and Brooklands were quick to exploit this weakness, the intensity of their play overcame Kendal in the 9th and then again in the 10th minute. Kendal were disappointed they had let themselves get on the back foot and quickly tightened their defensive structure and ramped up the intensity of their play. During the remainder of the first half much of the play was still in Kendal’s half and at times they struggled to get the ball out from set plays due to so little time on the ball. Nevertheless, Brooklands weren’t able to extend their lead thanks to some excellent defensive play, from Emma Woodburn in particular.
The second half looked like it may continue in a similar fashion, with Brooklands constantly knocking on Kendal’s door, but with both team’s attacking play being fruitless. Thanks to player of the match Melanie Whalley-Jones frequently launching aerial balls from hit-outs Kendal were able to quickly penetrate the opposition and get out of their own half, applying more of the pressure that Brooklands started. Some superb retention of possession by Vicky Whalley-Jones gave Kendal some goal scoring opportunities in open play and penalty corners. Kendal continued to have much of the play throughout the second half but were unable to make it count on the scoreboard.
Final score- Brooklands Poynton Ladies 2s 2 – 0 Kendal Ladies 1s.
The Cumbrian team are excited to begin their training at their new pitch at The Queen Katherine School this Tuesday in their hunt for a win this weekend as they take on Wakefield twos also at Queen Katherine, supporters welcome!