The Greens travelled to Manchester aiming to make it 3 wins in a row.

Kendal controlled the game from off with midfield dynamos Addison and Screen seeing plenty of the ball. Following a good passage of play, Jim Marston won a short corner after his a mazy run bamboozled the defence, forcing them into a foul. Stanwith waited patiently ready to unleash a drag flick before captain Screen bellowed out a late cry for Stingray. Stanwith heard the shout and slipped it left to Whooplingdinho. The Kendal left back simply leathered a slingshot across the D to Jonathon Ross who deflected the ball beyond the keeper at the back post, 1-0.

The home side had a flurry of attacks down the left wing but unfortunately came across an in-form David Platt. Platt repelled attack after attack putting in a man of the match winning performance. Kendal continued to enjoy the lions share of possession when Aaron Screech dribbled towards the baseline, where he rasped off a cross to the back post. Rick Ross’ eyes lit up as he tapped in his second of the game. 2-0.

Part timer Ayrton Boyd was controlling the midfield for Kendal but his game was cut short when he stood on his own stick and rolled his ankle whilst chasing down an opposition player.

The third goal followed shortly after. Kendal’s Scottish International player Stephen Olliver was running riot and applied a lovely finish from the very edge of the D. 3-0. Half time.

The City of Manchester changed formation for the second half, packing the midfield and it began to work early on. A crashed ball into the saw their striker deflect home. 3-1. Kendal’s back line of Woodman, Matt Marston, Davis and Platt were forced to play out from the back to combat a high press and despite the relentless pressure were fairly comfortable on the ball.

With ten minutes to go, Manchester won a penalty corner and their striker struck a fierce shot towards the goal. Goalkeeper Rob Cartwright looked to have it covered until Davis inadvertently deflected it through the Kendal keepers legs and in, 3-2.

Kendal player coach, Cash was running a mock with some wonderful stick skill and Kendal looked to be threatening on the counter attack. Having absorbed pressure, Stanwith broke with the ball and hurtled towards the home sides defence. He played a lovely one two with Ross before tapping in to make it 4-2 Kendal. Kendal solidified their position in the league and look forward to a local derby Vs Kirkby Lonsdale next week.


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