Kendal reach seventh heaven

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

Kendal 7

Bolton 1

North Hockey Women’s League Premier Division

KENDAL Ladies continued their fantastic form with another dominant performance against Lancastrian rivals Bolton.

Throughout the match Kendal passed the ball cleanly and worked hard for each other off the ball, and that gleaned results within the first 10 minutes when Abby Bland tucked away a neat deflection from a Nicola Martindale shot.

Goals followed from Sally Scott and Sophie Garne, in both cases Kendal committed the goalkeeper to allow free shots at the target.

Just before half time Laura Morris scored with her usual deft touch from a short corner as Kendal went 4-0 up.

Morris was excellent in her defensive duties in the second half. During a sustained period of pressure Bolton scored from their third successive short corner.

but this spurred Kendal on to reply and they continued to attack from both flanks. Sally Scott slotted away two more goals and Abby Bland scored again to make the final score 7-1.

Kendal are top of the table going into some tough games in November, starting with Durham University away next week.

Division Two North West

LYTHAM reigned supreme as they rounded off a comfortable victory over bottom club Ulverston.

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Rachel Roberts and Karen Tyson got the goals for Ulverston, who play Mossley Hill on Saturday.

Kirkby Stephen moved up a place into third in the table after they saw off Wigan 5-0.

Cumbria Women’s League

KIRKBY Lonsdale and Carlisle remain neck-and-neck at the summit of the Cumbria Women’s League after they both recorded victories.

Kirkby won 7-1 at Dalston and with their goal difference of 30 they edge the lead of the division ahead of Carlisle, who emerged triumphant against Kirkby Stephen 3rds 5-0.

Ambleside edged their tie at Wigton in a ding-dong battle.

One down in the first few minutes, they fought back to equalise when a strong hit into the D caught a deflection.

Wigton scored again but Ambleside equalised when Amanda Faulkner latched onto an excellent pass by Hannahlise Morris and fired a shot passed the keeper.

Down to 10 players for the second half after an injury to Faulkner, the team forced short corner after short corner and eventually broke the opposition down to win 4-3.

Kirkby Stephen 2nds are third in the table having defeated Keswick 3-0, while Kendal 2nds got their second victory of the season after beating Carlisle 2nds 4-0.

South Lakes lost their first game of the season in a 4-1 reversal at home to Penrith. The result sees them drop two places to fifth.

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