Kirkby Stephen reign supreme as Kendal maintain unbeaten record

First published in Sport The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Ulverston 1

Kirkby Stephen 11

North Hockey Woman’s League Division Two

WITH a full squad for the first time since week one Ulverston were hoping to gain a foothold in the season against Kirkby Stephen.

Instead disorganisation and disarray in the first half gave Kirkby ample opportunity to be clinical and decisive in front of goal and saw them lead 9-0 at half time.

A reshuffle at the interval led to a much-improved performance from the hosts in the second half and Kirby scored just two goals.

Ulverston found the net via Becks Woodhouse, and the side will have to regroup and hope for a better performance at Lytham next Saturday.

Timperley 1

Kendal 2

Premier Division

KENDAL Ladies remain top of the North Hockey League after a tough test against a well-organised Timperley.

The home side marked tightly and prevented some of the free movement Kendal enjoyed in their 7-1 drubbing of Whitley Bay a week last Saturday.

But the girls maintained their positive approach and went a goal up through Nicola Conway's flick over the keeper.

After a period of pressure with a penalty flick appeal not given, Kendal finally scored again with a neat finish from Laura Morris at a short corner.

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In the second half Timperley pressed harder and they got a goal back.

It was time for Kendal to dig deep and some stubborn tackling from man of the match Nicola Martindale and Abby Bland, as well as some excellent saves from goalkeeper Fiona Battersby, kept them out.

The game finished 2-1, a result Kendal were pleased with having drawn twice against this side last year.

They will look to maintain their winning streak on Saturday against Bolton at Kirkbie Kendal school.

Cumbria Women’s League

KENDAL 2XI picked up a superb 3-3 draw with South Lakes in an entertaining encounter.

Emma Armstrong scored early in the first half to put South Lakes ahead but Kendal fought back when Mel Booth made a second strike off a penalty corner.

Kendal edged in front when Beth Hoggarth tucked it away but South Lakes equalised.

Kendal led for the second time in the match through Hoggarth but when their defence relaxed, South Lakes pulled level once more to make it 3-3.

Ambleside started slowly in their 3-0 victory over Kirkby Stephen 3XI. Midway through the first half Ambleside took the lead when Dayna Cannon deflected a penalty corner strike.

The introduction of Gemma Crowther at the start of the second half inspired greater pace and commitment, Crowther scoring the second goal with a controlled strike to the corner.

Amanda Faulkner added the third from a fine pass by Donna Robinson.

Kirkby Lonsdale remain joint-top of the Cumbria League after a 10-0 demolition of Keswick, with Carlisle keeping up the pressure after they beat their second team by the same scoreline.

Kirkby Stephen 2XI beat Wigton 2XI 4-1, while Penrith strolled to a 9-0 success over Dalston.

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