Kendal Ladies 3-3 Ben Rhydding
ROSIE DALE was the star of the show as Kendal showed their fighting spirit to recover from the concession of two early goals and record a hard-fought point against Ben Rhydding.
The visitors stormed into an early lead thanks to Rachel Doherty’s double before Dale took centre stage to drag the home side level with two goals of her own.
Midfielder Jen Wilson restored the Yorkshire outfit’s lead before Nicola Conway ensured honours ended even with a second-half leveller to keep Kendal fifth in the league standings.
Ben Rhydding’s Investec Conference North status was safeguarded on the final day of last season and a first win of the current campaign had so far proved elusive.
However, the away side made a blistering start to the game with Doherty opening the scoring in the third minute after being afforded too much time and space.
And the lead was doubled two minutes later with Doherty once again on target, Ben Rhydding regaining possession and the forward taking full advantage.
In their opening match of the season at Kirkbie Kendal School, Kendal showed considerbale resilience to twice come from behind before ultimately falling to Whitley Bay and Tynemouth.
And that competitive edge was in evidence again as midfielder Dale converted a penalty corner in the 21st minute to halve the deficit, with Ben Rhydding holding a half-time lead.
The second period started at a frenetic pace with play switching from end to end as both sides looked to maintain possession and play some enterprising hockey.
After some solid rearguard action by the Kendal defence, Dale scored her second of the afternoon to restore parity and set up and an intriguing finale.
The clash was a feisty affair with a number of cards brandished although a firm emphasis on attack remained as the two teams looked to secure maximum points.
Ben Rhydding seized the initiative once more in the 50th minute, regaining the lead through Wilson who fired home after again utilising the counter-attack to good effect.
But Kendal proved plucky opponents and refused to accept defeat, attacker Conway notching her second of the season three minutes later, securing a point for the hosts in the process.
Jon Elleray’s charges have a further opportunity to record their maiden home win at his level of hockey on Saturday when Kendal welcome Stourport to Kirkbie Kendal School.