Kendal started strongly against local rivals Kirkby Lonsdale with midfielders Aaron Screen and Tom Davies enjoying the lions share of possession early on. Sadly for Davies this didn’t last long as an overstretched tackle led to him suffering a hamstring injury. Andrew Melville was a constant threat down the right and after a number of driving runs he smashed in a perfect cross that Dan Cook emphatically turned past the keeper with his first touch. The home side rallied and applied the pressure to The Greens and were perhaps unlucky to be facing a keeper in the form of his career. Rob Cartwright nonchalantly thwarted the Kirkby front line time and time again as The Greens were determined to keep a clean sheet and maintain their record as the strongest defensive side in the division. Man of the match Cartwright and his defensive trio of Woodman, Davis and Addison held their shape well and a quick turnover in possession led to a swift counter-attack and another goal for Daniel Cook. Again, Melville made strides down the wing and drilled another cross to Cook who bamboozled the keeper with his first touch before applying a wonderful lobbed finish with his 2nd.
Half time Kirkby Lonsdale 0 – 2 Kendal.
Kirkby came out fighting in the 2nd half and played some great hockey but couldn’t find a way to penetrate the immovable green wall. The Kendal forward line of Taggart, Ross and Derome almost put the game to bed with another well worked counter-attack following some lovely link up play between Stanworth and Platt. This time Taggert’s venomous strike was denied by the upright. Mike Hinchcliffe earned himself a call up to the 1st team after impressing on the training ground and was pivotal in seeing out the remainder of the game. The greens remain 1 point off top spot and move 5 points clear of 3rd as they continue the strong start to the campaign.
Final score- Kirkby Lonsdale Men’s 1s 0 – 2 Kendal Men’s 1s.