With a strong squad available and enthusiasm bristling, Kendal were looking to get back to winning ways as they welcomed Formby to the Cinder Ovens pitch at Kirkbie Kendal School this weekend.
Kendal took the game to the visitors early on. Jack Kerr latched onto a through ball of some quality and was only denied a first minute goal by a desperate, full stretch save from the young Formby keeper. The travelling team had some good individuals and some pacey forwards, but before long the home side began to assert themselves, displaying a cohesion of team spirit through a period of passing excellence. Ewan Galloway, playing his first game in several weeks, opened the scoring for Kendal with a reverse stick slap from mid-way in the D. The home side continued to pass the ball around to devastating affect. Captain Nick Davis and winger Liam Platt both added to the scoreline as they finished off slick team passing moves in quick succession. Kendal then showed a level of maturity that was lacking in last weeks match and proceeded to play keep ball and see out the half with their lead protected.
Half time- Kendal 3 – 0 Formby.
The second half, for Formby, must have felt like death by a thousand passes. Kendal continued to ship the ball around the back, popping it in and out of midfield. Liam Derome and John Stanworth chose their opportunities to maraud down their respective flanks seemingly at will. The home side’s strikers worked tirelessly to move the Formby defenders around, despite rarely receiving the forward ball they thrive upon. Eventually, Kendal developed the chances they had been patiently waiting for. Aaron Screen picked up the ball in the centre circle and drove into the space that had been created for him. Screen’s mazy run left two defenders in his wake as he slipped the ball to Kerr for him to score at the back post. Minutes later, Kendal applied a high press to great affect. The home side intercepted an errant pass out from Formby’s defence and Conlin drove into the D with purpose drawing two defenders and then squared the ball to Kerr for him to finish his man of the match performance with a clever flick to the top corner for his second of the half.
Kendal Men’s 1s 5 – 0 Formby Men’s 2s.