This week Kendal travelled to Morpeth on the lookout for further points and their hunger showed during the early phases of the game. Kendal had much of the possession and repeatedly progressed the ball into Morpeth’s D, predominantly down the right-hand side. With all the territory, namely 10 players within Morpeth’s half of the pitch, Kendal were in control and desperate to put a score on the board, but despite many chances and some dynamic movement from Celia Powell, the packed D did not afford Kendal the time to get a clean shot away. After their defensive work, Morpeth had a few breaks into the Kendal D, where goal keeper Ruth Sealey made light work of any shots towards goal. It looked like Kendal had it together in their own half too, until they found themselves quickly out of possession at the top of the D and were unable to respond to the error, going 1-0 behind in the first half.
Kendal recognised that Morpeth were not applying the pressure that some of their opposition had done this season and so started the second half aiming to keep possession and maintain composure to help them gain an equaliser. Unfortunately two break away goals in quick succession left Kendal with a lot of work to do in the last twenty-five minutes of play. Kendal were able to halt any further counter-attacks from Morpeth, even if it meant Sealey being outnumbered in her own D. Kendal battled on, including centre-back Melanie Whalley-Jones taking it upon herself to make an attacking run then drive the ball into the D, but she found herself coming away with very little. Vicky Whalley-Jones realised she would have to play a more deliberate style of hockey and ran the ball onto a Morpeth foot right under the officials nose in the D. A well-earned penalty corner in the 49th minute, which Jones neatly drag flicked into the top left corner was some consolation for Kendal’s efforts, although it was clearly not enough and Kendal failed to make any further efforts tally on the scoreboard. The visitors left feeling very disappointed with their performance (and 3-1 loss) but I am sure they shall recover ready for hosting City of York 1s at home next week.