KENDAL LADIES 2 VS WHITLEY BAY 0
CRUCIAL WIN BOOSTS SURVIVAL BID
Kendal’s Ladies moved three points clear of the Relegation Play off Position after a battling 2-0 home win over Whitley Bay.
Kendal knew that victory was essential, as they now hold the advantage going into the final two games of the season.
It was a quiet start to the game with both sides battling to gain the upper hand,. However Kendal soon wrestled the initiative off the visitors as they went 1-0 in front. The goal coming following good work by Nicola Martindale, who made a driving run through the Whitley defence as she passed the ball to Nicola Conway who scored with an easy finish.
The first half was relatively scrappy with various penalties from both sides disrupting the flow of the game.
Whitley did come into the contest as the half progressed, however Fiona Battersby in the Kendal goal made some fine saves, palming away efforts from Rowan Rochester and Alex Plummer. Fiona actually pulled off a top draw save earlier in the game, only for the effort to be ruled out for off side.
However Kendal held on going into the break 1-0 to the good!
In the second half Kendal were comfortable, with the early exchanges relatively quiet as Whitley didn’t cause any problems as Kendals defence looked solid!
Kendal made the game safe midway through the second half as Vicky Jones cut inside from the left hand side to supply a pin point delivery across the box, with the ball falling to Beth Cordukes who finished leaving Natalie Favell with no chance in the Whitley goal.
Kendal 2 goals to the good closed the game out and could have made it 3 when Nicola Conway came close to scoring seeing her effort go wide.
Whitleys best chance coming from Alex Plummer as her effort on goal just went wide from a corner.
When the whistle blew the Team celebrated knowing how big a moment this was in the season!
Kendal now travel to Liverpool and Sefton knowing that victory would secure survival in the Investec Womans Conference North Hockey League.
The Ladies would like to be safe going into the last game where they host champions elect Wakefield who themselves may need a win to secure promotion and the Championship!
Match report by Richard Edmondson