After last weeks win, Kendal were optimistic about earning some points when they welcomed Ormskirk to the Cinder Ovens pitch at Kirkbie Kendal School, despite having lost to them at the previous away fixture.
Kendal started brightly and were quick to put pressure on the visiting team. However, despite their early dominance, it was the home side that conceded first. Soon after the first goal a defensive error gifted Ormskirk another chance which they gratefully received and Kendal found themselves two down. Just before half time Kendal earned themselves a penalty corner and after the ball struck a defender on the line a penalty stroke was awarded. Nick Davis quickly demanded the ball, deciding that at such a crucial time in the match he, as captain, would take responsibility for the flick. Despite some attempt at gamesmanship from the visiting keeper, Davis calmly sent him the wrong way to put The Greens back in the game.
Half time- Kendal 1 – 2 Ormskirk.
The match continued with both teams ready to fight for points. Ormskirk hit first and restored their two goal advantage. The Greens refused to give up though and were confident in the fact that they have grown stronger in the second period of almost every game this season. To say the second half was a feisty affair would be an understatement. There were multiple cards and players sin-binned on both sides. Eventually, Kendal managed to rise above this and began to get back to their passing game. Aaron Screen put the home side within touching distance once more as he capitalised on the good work of Liam Derome on the left. Screen jinked his way into the Ormskirk D and managed to deceive the keeper with a disguised shot and score at the near post. John Stanworth was once again rampant down the right wing and after driving toward the goal Stanworth’s pass found Screen waiting. There was no disguise this time as man of the match Screen simply powered the ball past the sprawling keeper to bring the game level. Kendal had one last chance for the win with a penalty corner at the final whistle, but good defending denied them. Having been two goals down in such a scrappy game The Greens were happy with a point.
Final score- Kendal Men’s 1s 3 – 3 Ormskirk Men’s 1s.