Kendal travelled to Rochdale on the day Storm Dennis struck wondering if they’d be able to fulfil their game against their old foe. Luckily the conditions were ok and the game went ahead. Having won the reverse fixture at home, Kendal were determined to do the double and gain 6points against Rochdale for the first time in years.
Rochdale started as expected, focusing on their well drilled long ball tactic and Kendal were sent a warning when the Dale striker deflected a pass onto the post. The midfield trio of Aaron Screen, Mark Addison and John Stanworth began to get a hold of the game and some neat passing between them started to open up the Rochdale defence.
Kendal were unlucky not to get a penalty flick when Kendal skipper, Screen, rounded the keeper and put his shot onto the defenders foot on the line. After consistent pressure Kendal made the break through. Liam Platt, operating at right back found himself in the opposition D and his goalwards shot was deflected in via Tom Cash. 1-0. Rochdale were furious and the centre back found himself in the sin-bin having received a yellow card for dissent. Kendal continued to press but couldn’t take advantage of having the extra man.
Half time- Rochdale 0 – 1 Kendal.
Kendal have the best defence in the league this season having only conceded 21 goals in 18 games and they were determined to keep this tally down. Simon Millington was enjoying winning a battle with Rochdale’s key striker whilst Nick Davis and Chris Woodman had the better of the attacks from the right flank. Matt Marston and Platt continued to use the space offered to them and didn’t put a foot wrong all game. Shortly after the break, Kendal turned the screw. Jim Marston is hitting peak form at the right time and he was in the right place to make it 2-0.
Kendal absorbed another Rochdale attack before captain Screen broke with the ball and sent a long pass through to Jim Marston. With a flick of the wrist, Jim turned the defender and charged towards goal. Unselfishly he slipped the ball under his shoulder to striker Noah Ross who’s first time strike rippled the back board. 3-0.
Steven Olliver was performing well as usual and produced some lovely link up between the Kendal midfield and attack. Following good work from Addison, Screen broke yet again and sent a lovely weighted through ball behind the defence for Ross to collect. With no other option on, Ross went for goal from an absurd angle and was delighted to see the keeper deflect the ball into the goal through his legs. At the age of 16, Noah has now bagged 8 goals in his last 4 matches – superb.
Rochdale were completely stunned at this quick fire salvo but Kendal weren’t finished there. John Stanworth made a lovely break down the right wing and put a delicious cross into the mixer. Waiting was Tom Cash who loves being in the right place at the right time. Cash applied the close finish to make it 5-0.
Rochdale rallied and finally managed to breach the backline despite Cartwright’s fine double save in the build up but it was just a consolation.
Kendal secured the 3 points and made it 5 wins from 5 to maintain their unbeaten run for 2020. Kendal have a huge game vs Liverpool Uni on Saturday 22nd and it’s a must win for The Greens who continue to try and chase down the league leaders. See you at the Queen Katherine School fortress at 2.30 on sat!