This week Kendal travelled to Liverpool to face John Moore’s university side. Kendal have had strength in depth all season but travelled with only 11 players for the fixture.
The greens started well with man of the match Aaron Screen controlling the midfield alongside Mark Addison and Liam Platt. The youthful frontline of Cash, Ross and Watkins worked tirelessly to try and stretch the opposition defence and they nearly got a break through when Noah Ross got a reverse strike off, forcing a smart save from the Liverpool keeper. John Stanwith was up to his usual tricks, bamboozling the opposition defenders throughout the game with some wonderfully skillful stick work.
Half way through the first half, the Uni side started gaining confidence and took the lead with some route one hockey. An aerial ball over the top caused havoc and the Liverpool striker was on hand to slam in the opener. Kendal were unlucky to be one goal down yet soon found themselves 2 behind. A second long ball fell to another attacker who despatched a venomous strike through the Kendal keepers legs who was un-sighted by a busy penalty area.
Kendal looked to their skipper for some inspiration and he duly obliged. Matt Marsten’s pass was collected by Screen who ran 40 yards passed 4 players before squaring the ball for Tom Cash to deflect in.
Half time score 2-1.
Buoyed by the goal, Kendal began to attack more and more. Wingback Chris Steelman was in good form and earned the greens a short corner soon after the restart. Screens initial shot was saved but Nick Davis was on hand to collect the rebound and flick it into the corner of the goal.
The uni side were able to make some changes and the fresh legs had an immediate impact. Two short corners later the greens were back to being 2 goals behind, 4-2.
With 10 minutes left the greens won a penalty flick that Screen confidently rippled into the back of the net. Not content with the scoreline the greens continued to press and sadly got hit on the break by an individual piece of brilliance from the Liverpool striker who beat 3 players before slotting in a 5th for the university side.
Full time Liverpool John Moore’s University Men’s 1s 5 – 3 Kendal Men’s 1s.