This Saturday Kendal ladies first team were keen to welcome Wakefield seconds to their new home pitch at Queen Katherine School, with hopes that their new pitch would yield some better results, and that it did! It looked set to be another close North division one game; both teams having to keep their defensive play tight right from the start and pressing their phases of attack through their right-sided players in the first half. Although rates of possession in the midfield were promising for both teams, any progress into their opponent’s D, which was initially in Wakefields favour, was fruitless nonetheless. In true Cumbrian style the heavens opened early on in the game and as time progressed it appeared to significantly reduce visibility and left some struggling to see or make sense of decisions made and this seemed to rile the visitors in particular.
After a constructive half-time team talk from long-standing club coach Jon Elleray, Kendal re-started the second half with renewed vigour to squeeze some points out of this fixture. In only three minutes of the re-start thanks to superb pressure from the Kendal forwards, Vicky Whalley-Jones found herself in possession in the final attacking quarter of the freshly laid pitch and with her neat skills she was able to negotiate some space amongst the Wakefield defence to strike the ball from the right baseline towards the front of the goal mouth. Superb positioning on the Wakefield keeper’s toes, in her usual aggressive style, was Imogen Welch, who wasted no time in smashing the ball rocketing past the keepers ears, and Kendal took the lead. As the weather rained on and caused increasing frustration for many players, both teams endeavoured to battle on. Newcomer Celia Powell did everything she could to stop Wakefield getting out of their half and unfortunately found herself with a lengthy green card. Despite only having ten players for what felt like an eternity, Kendal battled on and as the final whistle neared some clever play from experienced players ensured Kendal retained possession for the remaining minutes to secure their first win of the season. Kendal 1, Wakefield 0. The ladies travel to Morpeth next Saturday.