Kendal welcomed a strengthened Fylde team to the Kirkbie Kendal School pitch last Sunday for a rearranged fixture.
Kendal put Fylde under pressure from the off. The home side repeatedly passed the ball with vigour through the heart of the visitor’s midfield and despite several good saves from the Fylde keeper there was little doubt as to the dominance of the hosts. Noah Ross and Andrew Melville came close to opening the scoring. Man of the match Liam Derome was having a great game up front for The Greens and seemed to do everything but score. Eventually it was Kendal’s captain Aaron Screen who found the Fylde net. Screen pounced on Galloway’s rebounded shot from the keeper and slotted the ball home with a reverse-stick swipe. The only downside of the half from Kendal’s point of view was the outstanding display from their opponents’ keeper meant they hadn’t scored more.
Half time- Kendal 1 – 0 Fylde.
The second half pushed off to find Kendal in the mood for more possession of the ball. Such was The Green’s dominance that they were awarded a series of penalty corners. Kendal had several corner routines at their disposal and after a well drilled set-piece, John Stanworth was on hand to bury their second goal. Soon after, another penalty corner saw Aaron Screen drag-flick home from the top of the D. Fylde refused to give up the game however, and midway through the half they mounted a rare breakaway toward the Kendal goal, unfortunately for the visitors it ended in a spurned chance. Mark Addison’s intelligent play saw him turn provider after being denied several times in quick succession by the travelling keeper. Addison spotted a darting run by Nick Davis and found him with pinpoint accuracy. Davis controlled the ball with his first touch and calmly found the corner of the goal with his second. Chris Woodman scored Kendal’s final goal of the match with yet another penalty corner routine. Simon Millington disguised the injected pass to find Woodman alone at the top of the D who slammed the ball home with one of his trademark slingshots.
The second half ended without Kendal keeper Rob Cartwright seeing the ball and with The Greens comfortable winners.
Final score- Kendal Men’s 1s 5 – 0 Fylde 2s.