Kendal welcomed Kirkby Lonsdale to the Cinder Ovens pitch for their first home game of the season. Kendal had a strong squad with strength and depth in all positions.
After a worrying torrential downpour threatened to make the pitch unplayable, the sun came out and both teams took to the pitch. Although confident, Kendal were perhaps guilty of being overly concerned with conceding themselves. For the first twenty minutes the home side negated their own attacking potential as they sat too deep and afforded the away team too much space. Leading by example, joint man of the match Jack Kerr attempted to rouse his teammates spirits through his highly intense, committed performance. It worked. The end of the half saw Kendal begin to assert themselves, hold a higher line and control the game. Captain Aaron Screen opened the scoring as he danced his way into the D and let fly with screamer of a reverse stick shot into the roof of the net.
Half time Kendal 1 – 0 Kirkby Lonsdale.
The second half was predominantly one way traffic. Kirkby Lonsdale tried to assert themselves in the game, but struggled the cope with the home teams fast passing performance. After a series of penalty corners Kendal breached the away teams goal again. Screen doubled his tally as he flicked the ball home. Tyson Barclay then pounced on a rebounded shot from Kerr to ruthlessly find the roof of the net once more. Steve Barclay was denied the goal his performance warranted when his exceptional finish was disallowed for an earlier infraction. Screen then completed his hat-trick to secure himself joint man of the match status. Rob Cartwright had a quiet afternoon in the Kendal goal, but proved his focus was on point as he dived low to save a rare Kirkby Lonsdale shot. At the back Woodman, Middleton, Blunt and debutant Charlie Long made short work of disrupting the Kirkby Lonsdale front line. John Stanworth completed the scoring for Kendal. Stanworth had been running the away teams left back ragged all afternoon and his fine finish was the icing on the cake to reward his devastating wing play.
Kendal Men’s 1s 5 – 0 Kirkby Lonsdale.