Kendal welcomed Southport, who had enjoyed a strong start to the season, to The Lakes School pitch.
Due to the somewhat intermittent train services at present, Kendal started the match with only ten men. Despite this disadvantage, the home side started well and crafted some early chances. Ewan Galloway and Josh Weeks coming close. The match was end to end, but once Kendal were up to their full complement of players it wasn’t long before they took the lead. Bobby Perkins capitalised on good wing play from Fraser Donaldson and rounded the keeper with confidence for the opening goal. The Green’s second came soon after from Rob Bradshaw. Bradshaw, playing for Kendal for the first time in over a year, showed his class by dispatching his chance from the top of the D to send the net rippling.
Half time- Kendal 2 – 0 Southport.
The second half found the visitors keen to prove their league position was not a fluke. Reinvigorated, they attacked in waves and scored twice in quick succession. Undeterred, Kendal soon forced their way back into the game. The Green’s keeper, Josh Chacko, romped forth to dispossess a Southport striker at the top of the Kendal D to spur on the home side’s defensive resolve. Defenders Ollie Hayton, Iain Donaldson and captain James Taylor shut up shop and sweeper Matty Halhead refused to allow any more Southport chances. Jacob Ross was unlucky to have his monster of a top corner strike disallowed as the whistle blew as he wound up to shoot. Kendal regained their lead as Ewan Galloway converted a trademark reverse-stick thunderbolt from a tight angle. Man of the match Galloway then secured the points for The Greens as he emphatically put away a penalty stroke with the last action of the game.
Final score- Kendal Men’s 2s 4 – 2 Southport Men’s 2s.