Off the back of a big win last weekend, Kendal were looking to maintain their good form against old foe Rochdale who were level on points with the Greens.
Kendal started controlling the game from the off and Gordon Blunt set the tone for the home side with a marauding run down the right flank, penetrating the Rochdale back line with ease. Blunt offloaded the ball to John Stanwith whose through ball fell to Stephen Olliver. Olliver applied a calm finish past the Rochdale keeper to make it 1-0.
Kendal continued to apply pressure and following good work from the Kendal frontline of Jim Marston, Noah Ross and Alex Hyman, the ball fell to captain Aaron Screen who finished from close range to make it 2 – 0 Kendal.
Kendal were full of confidence and were beginning to purr. Liam Platt looks a new signing in his defensive role and he showed this yet again, working well with the ever strong Simon Millington and Chris Woddington. The Greens were tiring the Rochdale side out with pass after pass however the away side weathered the storm and following sustained pressure, a miss-trap led to a Rochdale break away. A classic Dale long ball was squared to their striker who tapped in at the back post to make it 2-1.
Kendal were determined not to give their lead away and following a slick passing move between Mark Addison, John Stanwith and Nick Davis, Davis crashed a long ball into the D and Noah Ross applied a deft touch, taking the ball behind him to deflect in past the sprawling goalkeeper.
Despite seeming to be in total control, Kendal had Man of the Match Goalkeeper Rob Cartwright to thank for their half time lead. Cartwright made a double save from point blank range that left the crowd in awe.
Halt time- Kendal 3-1 Rochdale.
Rochdale came out of the blocks flying after the break and following a communication mix up from Kendal, the away side capitalised slamming a shot in from a tight angle. Moments later the away side were given a Penalty Flick to level the game. To the relief of the Greens the Rochdale player hit the post although keeper Cartwright looked to have it covered.
Kendal steadied the ship and began to dominate the game again with free flowing counter attacking hockey. John Stanwith extended Kendal’s lead with a fierce drag flick from a penalty corner.
Cartwright continued to make some stunning last gasp saves before Kendal then rounded off the win in style with a devastating attack down the left flank. Noah Ross slammed a ball back post and skipper Aaron Screen committed with a Klinsmann-esque dive to apply the finishing touch.
Final score- Kendal Men’s 1s 5 – 2 Rochdale Men’s 1s.
Confidence appears to be back with the squad and the Greens look to be in form heading into another 6 pointer vs Liverpool Uni next week.