Back at their home fortress last Saturday, Kendal ladies firsts took on Stokesley firsts with a mission to take some well-deserved points following the away fixture at the start of the season.
Before Kendal had time to establish themselves in a slightly different formation due to the absence of their regular defensive line-up Stokesley had found the back of the net. Disappointed that they had made the game harder for themselves Kendal were quick to fight back and it was forward Celia Powell who slotted the ball past the keeper to even the score in the twelfth minute. Keen for the win, the greens tightened their defence thanks to some great interceptions and pressure from Bertie Anderton, Nicola Hartley and Katie Ireland in midfield and player of the match Laura Morris in defence and goal keeper Ruth Sealey. With much of the possession, Kendal were on the attack but struggled to penetrate the young Stokesley keeper, until they were awarded a penalty corner in the eighth minute which Vicky Whalley-Jones cleanly struck inside the right post.
Kendal were pleased to be ahead going into the half-time break.
Keen to stay ahead, Kendal struggled to settle in the second half with Stokesley keen to get equal, and they did through a penalty corner which was stopped by a Kendal foot on the line, so the visitors were awarded a penalty stroke which they converted. Kendal continued to push forward to get ahead for the second time thanks to hard work from forwards Emma Reid and Bethan Cogger. But it was Karen Tyson with the killer hit who drilled the ball towards goal and team mate Imogen Welsh who got on the end of it to complete this duo’s traditional routine and put Kendal into the lead with twenty minutes of play remaining. Both teams battled on but with little to show for it until the sixty-seventh minute when Stokesley worked through their same penalty corner routine which again caught Kendal defender Rebecca Wilson’s foot on the line and the penalty stroke routine repeated itself. A really disappointing end for the home team, only taking one point from the game, but nevertheless the legend of the mighty green Queen Katherine Fortress lives on. Next week Kendal travel away to face City of York.