Ladies 2s travelled to Penrith with only 10 players due to illness and half term absences.
The game started on an even tempo with both teams passing the ball around well. However, Penrith made the most of the player advantage and took the lead scoring twice within the first 10mins. Kendal heads didn’t drop however and the forward combination of Hannah Cartwright, Bec Barnes and midfield of Abbie Thomson, Sophie Stead and Francine Bult worked hard to get the ball moving well and it paid off with a goal for Cartwright. Kendal thought they’d scored another goal but Emma Reid’s shot was adjudged to have not fully crossed the line. Penrith were able to take advantage of having subs during the unseasonably warm match and kept putting pressure on the defence managed to score a further 2 goals. Just before half time a head injury to Reid meant that Kendal would play the rest of the game with 9 players.
Half time Penrith 4 Kendal 1
A change of formation and Kendal made a good start putting pressure on the Penrith defence, but lacked the extra players in the D as they were now playing with just the lone forward of Cartwright. Despite the number difference kendal were able to make the most of the space on the field with the defence of Ellie May, Heather Randell and Sophie Strong clearing the D on numerous occasions and Rebecca Tarney showing great determination in goal was not enough to stop Penrith scoring 4 more in latter stages of the second half when tiredness was beginning to show.
Kendal showed great determination and grit to battle with every player giving their all, in particular player of the match Abbie Thomson.
Next home game is a rematch against Penrith!