Kendal welcomed second in the league Lancaster University to Kirkbie Kendal School this weekend and were hoping to to take some points from the encounter, despite the difference in league position.
Kendal started well, passing the ball around quickly without giving the visitors a chance to settle. The home side created several chances and before long man of the match John Stanworth darted into the space at the back post to finish off a quality move giving Kendal the lead. It was one way traffic, and shortly after a second goal came for the The Greens, unfortunately for Kendal it was disallowed for a foot in the build up. Kendal continued to apply pressure, but despite a plethora of chances they could not score again. Not long before half time Lancaster converted a penalty corner to level things up.
Half time- Kendal 1 – 1 Lancaster.
Despite the equal scoreline, the home side felt confident that their dominance could only lead to more goals. However, it was the away side that were to show why they were in such a strong position in the league and they took the lead within minutes of the restart. Kendal began to make some unforced errors as they attempted to regain control and conceded once more whilst they were a player down. Lancaster continued to push and gained a fourth goal before Kendal could regroup. The Greens refused to give up and showed their fighting spirit before the match finished. Their second disallowed goal of the game came when the umpire blew to give Kendal a penalty corner a split second before the ball was slammed over the Lancaster goal-line. The home side’s pressure did eventually earn them a second goal when a rebounded shot came up off the keepers pads. Ewan Galloway showed lightening fast reactions as he adjusted position and over-head volleyed the ball into the net in the blink of eye. Disappointingly for Kendal the final whistle blew to another defeat. Despite several strong performances in a row, it has been the story of their second half of the season that Kendal have struggled to convert dominance into points.
Final score- Kendal Men’s 1s 2 – 4 Lancaster University Men’s 1s.