Kendal welcomed Bury to the Queen Katherine School this weekend to kick off the second half of the season with their fist match of 2020.
The weather was horrendous. Strong winds and lashing rain made the playing condition difficult, but to be a spectator was even tougher. A huge thank you to all who braved the elements to come and support The Greens on such a day!
The match started with both teams testing each others defensive capabilities. It was clear from the start that the sides were fairly evenly matched and both were hoping to take an early lead. Unfortunately for Kendal it was the visitors that struck first. Before long though, The Greens were beginning to gain the upper hand. Matt Marston, Andrew Melville and James Marston were repeatedly linking up down the right flank with devastating effect and soon the hosts created a number of chances. Sure enough the equaliser came at last. Phil Conlin and Mark Addison linked up in the middle to find Aaron Screen driving into the Bury D. Screen blasted the ball across the face of goal to the back post where joint man of the match man Noah Ross was diving at full stretch to find the goal scoring touch.
Kendal looked to gain further advantage and kept the pressure on their opposition, pinning them back within their own half. Several came close to scoring, but it was John Stanworth who put The Greens in front. Kendal’s Scotland over 40’s international player Steven Olliver played a killer pass to dissect the Bury defence leaving Stanworth with just the keeper to beat. Stanworth calmly faked and committed the sprawling keeper, then pulled the ball around him to leave the himself with an open goal for Kendal’s second.
Half time- Kendal 2 – 1 Bury.
The weather only worsened in the second half. Both teams fought against each other and the terrible conditions to play what was a well contested and well fought half. Chances were created at both ends, but unfortunately for Kendal, Bury snatched an equaliser mid way through the half. After this, Kendal defenders Gordon Blunt, Simon Millington and Chris Woodman shut up shop and denied the visitors another sight at Rob Cartwright’s goal. Kendal still felt they had enough to win the game and continued to create chances. Despite having the greater number of opportunities Kendal could not find the net again. Joint man of the match James Marston came the closest to the winner, but his looping shot sailed just over the left post and Kendal had to settle for the draw.
Full time Kendal 2 – 2 Bury.