Kendal title tilt hit by league leaders Bowdon in women's hockey

Bowdon Seconds 4

Kendal 1

North Hockey Women’s League Premier Division

KENDAL lost ground on league leaders Bowdon Seconds as they lost 4-1 in a competitive affair.

It was a hearty performance from Kendal, who were 2-1 down for much of the game, but they failed to make the most of their clear scoring opportunities apart from when Vicky Jones found the back of the net after a solo run.

Kendal had a pivotal defender yellow carded and kept in the sin bin for five minutes, which resulted in two late goals and a 4-1 score line that did not do justice to Kendal.

The Westmorlanders’ will look to return to winning ways against Wigton in the new year, with them fourth in the table eight points behind Bowdon.

Meanwhile Kirkby Stephen edged an entertaining match 4-3 at Clitheroe Ladies in Division Two North West.

Kirkby moved up to third 10 points behind league leaders Formby, who won 7-1 over Mossley Hill, and five points adrift of Didsbury Greys, who thumped Wigan 8-1 at the weekend.

The side have two games in hand over Formby and one over Didsbury Greys.

Cumbria Women’s League

KIRKBY Lonsdale opened up a four-point lead at the top of the Cumbria Women’s League Division One after destroying Kendal Seconds 9-2.

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It was a bad day for both Carlisle teams as the first team lost to fourth-placed Kirkby Stephen Seconds 3-2 in a result that saw South Lakes move ahead of them into second. South Lakes beat Carlisle Seconds comfortably in a 5-0 success.

Ambleside played excellent hockey at times as they beat Keswick 6-0.

Charlotte Russell was in the right place to sweep the ball into the net after an excellent run down the wing by Hannahlise Morris for the first goal.

Lucy Downham added a second with a neat flick over the sprawling goalkeeper before Janet Faulkner added a third before half time.

A tremendous dribble from Morris added to the score. Faulkner got her second with a well-taken flick before Donna Robinson got her reward with a powerful strike to score the sixth goal.

Penrith beat bottom-of-the-table Wigton Seconds 3-0, and Dalston strode to an easy 6-1 triumph over Kirkby Stephen Thirds in the other games in the Cumbria Women’s League.

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