Kendal travelled to Kirkby Lonsdale looking to earn their first points of 2018.
The match started with Kendal pushing to take the lead early. After winning a penalty corner, Aaron Screen converted well with an unstoppable drag flick into the corner. The away team were then guilty of complacency. Instead of keeping the ball and waiting for their opportunities to appear, Kendal tried to force the game and played into the home teams hands. With several new players Kirkby Lonsdale had the skill and pace to punish Kendal’s poor tactics. The half ended 3-1 to the home side and with Kendal downbeat.
After assessing their self inflicted first half downfall at the halftime break, Kendal started the second with increased determination and a different formation. Building from the back the visitors kept the ball and denied the home side the options they had exploited in the first half. Finally able to pass the ball with meaning, the away side began to craft some opportunities. John Stanworth resumed his usual right flank marauding and man of the match Mark Addison was omnipresent. Andrew Melville was also having a strong game at left back. The second half breakthrough came for Kendal when a fast team move led to Ewan Galloway squaring the ball for Screen to slam home for his second of the match. Galloway then fired a rocket of a shot, seemingly through the keeper, from the top of the D after good set-up play from Ayrton Boyd. Kendal continued to push for the winner, but time was against them. After such a poor first half performance, The Greens console themselves with their ability to recognise problems, change tactics and having the fortitude to rescue a point.
Kirkby Lonsdale Men’s 1s 3 – 3 Kendal Men’s 1s.