Kendal made the trip to City of Manchester this Saturday with a seriously depleted squad. Injures and other commitments left just a bare eleven able to travel.
Despite their lack of numbers the visitors started well and took the game to their hosts. Ten minutes into the game Kendal took the lead when Phil Conlin drove into the Manchester D, drew his defender and slipped the ball to joint man of the man Noah Ross who’s first time shot nestled into the bottom corner. The home side hit back immediately to level the score and then added a second to take into half time.
Half time- Manchester 2 – 1 Kendal.
The hosts started the second half quickly and soon increased their lead. Kendal slowly started to gain some possession and before long Nick Davis pulled The Greens back into the match when he was first to react to a loose ball after a penalty corner. Unfortunately for Kendal, Manchester had the exact same reaction to Kendal’s first goal and immediately got another back. Two goals down and with time running out Kendal sought to get something out of the match. Playing as though they were a full squad of sixteen the visitors pushed forward refusing to tire. Their reward came when Davis scored his second from another well worked penalty corner. Kendal continued to push and thought they had one last chance to earn a point. Conlin was fouled when driving into the Manchester D after great work from Kendal’s other joint man of the match John Stanworth and a Penalty corner was awarded as the the final whistle went. However, the decision was controversially overturned and Kendal were left with nothing but the pride from their efforts against the odds.
Final score- City of Manchester Men’s 2s 4 – 3 Kendal Men’s 1s.