Kendal Ladies Hockey 0 v 5 Doncaster
KENDAL Ladies Hockey Club survived relegation from the North Women's Hockey League despite losing to Doncaster at The Cinderovens Playing Surface in Kendal.
The ladies were saved after relegation rivals Wakefield lost 1-0 to Whitley Bay, as Kendal finished tenth in the table.
Kendal made a steady start on a waterlogged surface after Nicola Conway, Vicky Whalley Jones and Rebecca Delbridge all created half chances in the D which were cleared by the visitors.
Doncaster opened the scoring twelve minutes into the game when Becca Wood drilled the ball home past the keeper after being left unmarked in the area.
The visitors, spurred on by the goal, created further opportunities that were saved by the host keeper.
Kendal continued to battle and forced a variety of short corners that were cleared, while one was blazed wide of the post.
Doncaster made it 2-0 on the 20th minute when Jay Noodle cut inside and drilled the ball into the bottom left hand corner before Holly Brown scored Doncaster's third goal from a quick counter attack.
In the second half Doncaster stepped up their play and while Conway, Whalley Jones, Delbridge and Kate Froggatt all tried to force pressure in the attacking area, Doncaster were untroubled as they played with discipline and composure.
The visitors compounded Kendal's misery with a fourth goal after Brown finished from close range for her second of the afternoon before a last minute penalty by Ellie O’Neill completed the rout.
Kendal's young team will be hoping for a better season when they return in September.