Kendal welcomed a strong Lytham St Annes team to the newly refurbished Queen Katherine School pitch.
The sun was out and shining brightly as the match started, unfortunately for Kendal keeper James Taylor it was both bright and low. Lytham took early advantage of the fact the light was making it difficult to see the ball coming into the home side’s D and were two goals in the lead within ten minutes of the whistle. Kendal decided the best form of defence was to attack. Their back line of Ollie Hayton, Iain Donaldson and Jared Elshaw pushed forward to slow the Lytham front line down. The Green’s midfield of Rob Bradshaw, Phil Conlin, Fraser Donaldson and Dan Stearne started to ping the ball around and some lovely passages of play led to several chances for the hosts to get back into the game. Shortly before half time Steve Barclay pounced onto Bradshaw’s through ball and unleashed a first-time shot that gave the Lytham keeper no chance.
Half time- Kendal 1 – 0 Lytham St Annes.
The second half saw Kendal grow in confidence and as the game continued to flow from one end to the other it began to become clear that hosts were increasingly dominant. Unfortunately for Kendal, the Lytham keeper was also having an outstanding second half. The visitors did not look like scoring again with the Kendal back line, including man of the match Phil Conlin standing in for the now injured Donaldson, soaking up any threat. Try as they might however, The Greens could not score again. Matt Clinton came close to an equaliser and Josh Weeks hit the upright, but it was not to be. It was a brave performance from Kendal who once again showed progress, but are still waiting for the game to start the season their efforts deserve.
Full time- Kendal Men’s 2s 1 – 2 Lytham St Annes 2s.