It was a game of two very different halves for Kendal Ladies 1st team this week away at Springfields in Preston. They have recently come down from the National League so it was always going to be a tough game. The first half was quiet and frustrating as Kendal struggled with the accuracy of their passing, it was Springfields who scored first through a break-away goal. However within 5 minutes Sally Scott levelled the scores with a clean finish past the onrushing keeper.
Within 1 minute of the restart Vicky Jones scored a fantastic solo goal, dribbling past two players and slotting it into the net. This was followed minutes later by a first-time strike by Gayle Laverty into the bottom right hand corner. Kendal were starting to look like themselves again and find each other with their fast passing moves. New player Carol Quill played really well on the left and created a number of chances. Throughout the match Sprinfields did show that they had some talented forwards whose movement gave the Kendal defence problems, they scored from a short corner to bring the score back to 3-2. Kendal rallied and exerted control again with Nicola Conway drilling a shot past the diving keeper. This was met with another response from Springs who scored a scrappy goal from another set piece. On the 62nd minute Laura Morris regained the lead for Kendal with a textbook short corner deflection. For the remaining 8 minutes Kendal defended as a team, captain Nicola Martindale led by example as ever. The umpire disallowed a final Springs goal at the death and Kendal came away 5-4 winners. With these 3 points they remain top of the table, however the Kendal supporters were not entirely grateful for the added suspense they had to endure!