Kendal welcomed Carlisle to the Cinder Ovens pitch at Kirkbie Kendal School for their first local derby match of the season.
Straight from the starting whistle Kendal put Carlisle under the cosh. Captain Nick Davis was in fine form and opened the scoring after a fast passing move from the home team. Just two minutes later, Davis had once again worked his way into a goal scoring position and finished another good team move with gusto. Less than five minutes played and Kendal were two goals up and looking good for more. However, despite continued pressure, Kendal could not breach the Carlisle goal again during the first half. As the home team pushed for a third goal, gaps started to appear in their lines and Carlisle took full advantage. Scoring twice in quick succession against the run of play the visitors brought the score line level.
The second half saw Kendal come out renewed. Once again it was the home team that were playing the better team hockey and chances were plentiful. John Stanworth, Liam Platt and Liam Derome were continually marauding down both flanks and Chris Woodman, Charlie Long and Andrew Melville looked solid at the back. Jack Kerr had been a commanding presence at the sharp end for Kendal all game and got the goal his man of the match performance deserved when he picked up a deflection in the D and calmly slotted the ball into the corner. The home side earned themselves another two goal cushion when Phil Conlin’s reverse stick strike was deflected past the diving keeper by an disconsolate Carlisle defender. Unfortunately for Kendal their dominance was to be their downfall. Instead of dropping to protect their lead, The Greens had victory in their sights and pushed for more goals. Carlisle used their pace on the break to create some scoring chances and once again converted twice in quick succession to bring the match level. Despite crafting several opportunities to score, Kendal could not find the winner and the hard fought, but fairly contested match ended in a draw.
Kendal men’s 1s 4 – 4 Carlisle Men’s 1s