Kendal were hoping to bolster their position at the top of the league as they made the short trip to Kirkby Lonsdale this weekend.
For the second week in a row the sun was shining down on Kendal as they took to the field. A youthful Kirkby team initially pressed Kendal back into their own half as they looked to catch the visitors napping. Unfortunately for the hosts, The Greens weathered the early storm well with Nick Davis, Simon Millington and Chris Woodman soaking up the pressure and building the platform for Kendal to pass their way up the field. After besieging the Kirkby Lonsdale goal The Greens eventually broke the deadlock. Captain Aaron Screen snuck the ball past the keeper after playing a defence splitting one-two with Noah Ross. Kirkby Lonsdale rallied and once again put the Kendal back line to the sword. Despite creating several opportunities, including penalty corners, the hosts could not capitalise and before long were under pressure themselves once again. Phil Conlin utilised his unorthodox passing technique in the Kendal midfield and then TomTaggart turned the tide as he danced his way through the Kirkby D. Floating over every attempted tackle Taggart found John Stanworth waiting at the back post to sling the ball into the net.
Half time- Kirkby Lonsdale 0 – 2 Kendal.
The second half started with both teams playing dynamic hockey. The two team’s midfielders battled to gain possession as the game became more open. As time ticked on it was increasingly Kendal who were winning the midfield contest. Man of the match Aaron Screen was continually creating goal scoring chances, Mark Addison refused to give up on a single ball and Liam Platt and Andrew Melville were tireless on their respective wings. Eventually it was the top scorer from last weekend’s game who made the final goal. Steven Olliver picked up the ball just inside the Kirkby half and strode toward the opposition goal. Olliver patiently waited for the right time before finding James Marston with the killer pass. Marston’s run left him one-on-one with the keeper and he made no mistake in finding the net with his first-time, lifted finish. The home side never gave up trying to play their hockey, but on the day Kendal were the stronger team. Although rarely active in a comparatively quiet second half for him, Rob Cartwright vociferously marshalled his defence to claim another clean sheet.
Full time Kirkby Lonsdale Men’s 1s 0 – 3 Kendal Men’s 1s.
The win sees Kendal stay top of the league on goal difference and sets up a top of the table clash as they welcome equal point earners Bolton to The Queen Katherine School next weekend.