Kendal were excited to play their first home game on their brand new pitch at Queen Katherine School when they welcomed City of Manchester 2s last Saturday.
Kendal started with confidence and were patient with their possession. The home side crafted several good opportunities to score early on and sure enough the first goal came ten minutes after the start. Aaron Screen drove down the right wing, turned inside and crossed the ball with a reverse-stick swipe. The ball bobbled up off the deck and it’s fight path flumoxed the Manchester defence. Nick Davis judged it to perfection however, as he ran toward the ball and volleyed it into the net. Kendal’s second goal followed soon after. This time it was Phil Conlin who drove from midfield and crossed the ball into the danger zone. Dan Cook’s first time shot was saved, but Tom Taggart picked up the rebound and calmly slotted the ball home.
Half time- Kendal 2 – 0 Manchester.
After the restart the visitors came out determined to make more of a game of it and the match became much more open. There were chances at both ends, but Kendal still felt in control for the majority of the time. The Greens were unlucky not to convert a number of chances. Noah Ross came close to putting the game to bed and man of the match John Stanworth was a constant thorn in the Manchester defence’s side. Just as time seemed to be running out the visitors were awarded a penalty corner which they converted well to make the last few minutes uncomfortable for their hosts. The Kendal back line of Marston, Blunt, Millington and Woodman were resolute in their duties and refused to let Machester get another clear sight of Cartwright’s goal and the three points were secured.
Final score- Kendal Men’s 1s 2 – 1 City of Manchester Men’s 2s.
Kendal Men’s 1s are now seven points clear of third place and just one point behind the league leaders.