Kendal’s reign at the top of the table came to an end this week in a tight match against a well drilled Sheffield team. Kendal started brightly, putting lots of pressure on the opposition in their own half which resulted in a number of goal scoring chances. The first to be put away was a powerful drag flick from Vicky Jones into the top left hand corner. This was followed by another when a cross fired in from the right was skilfully deflected by Nicola Conway in to Sally Scott who slotted it in. At 2-0 Kendal looked set to dominate however they sat back a little and allowed Sheffield to get back into the game. Some excellent tackling was put in by Emma Taggart, Laura Morris and Mel Whalley to protect the lead. However eventually a short corner was conceded and Sheffield scored just before half time.
The quality of the game remained high from both teams in the second half, although Kendal created more of the chances. Conway, Scott and Carole Quill all played well up front and were only thwarted by some fantastic saves from their keeper. Then with approximately ten minutes to play Sheffield won another short corner and used a slip pass to the right to create their equaliser. Kendal continued to press for the rest of the game but the match finished 2-2. This time last year Kendal would have been thrilled with this result so it shows how much the team has improved that they were disappointed not to win the game. They will look to return to winning ways against Chester next week.