On Saturday, Kendal faced Harrogate who sit in the top three within the league. The game started well with both teams seeming equally matched. Skipper Vicky Whalley-Jones commanded her squad from the nets this week as Kendal were without the usual first team keeper, Ruth Sealey. As Kendal were still organising, Harrogate managed to start the scoring, sneaking one into the Kendal goal. Kendal were quick to retaliate from some short sharp passing in midfield and a penetrating run and slick first time shot from Bertie Anderton that went straight past the keeper in the thirteenth minute. The two teams then battled it out almost until half-time, with Molly Wilson working tirelessly in the middle of the pitch, repeatedly stealing the ball and halting the Harrogate attacks. Both teams battled on and just before the half-time whistle was blown, Harrogate managed to sneak one past the Kendal keeper to take a 2-1 lead at the interval.

Once the second half got underway, without any fresh legs Kendal found themselves making some unforced errors and struggled to get the ball out of their own half and it was inevitable that Harrogate were going to go ahead. Ailsa Wright and the rest of the defensive line put their body’s on the line to stop the Harrogate strikers getting a shot at goal. Wright found herself diving to gain possession of ball briefly before it left the pitch over the back line and consequently Harrogate were awarded a penalty corner. They converted this and quickly put another past Jones. Despite Kendal working hard until the final whistle was blown, unfortunately the visitors had already sealed their 4-1 win. Kendal ladies travel to Brooklands Poynton next weekend


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