Kendal restore second place in Premier Division while Kirkby Lonsdale's lead is closed down in Cumbria League

Abby Bland moves the ball quickly in midfield during Kendal's 9-1 destruction of Wigton. Picture by Richard Edmondson

Abby Bland moves the ball quickly in midfield during Kendal's 9-1 destruction of Wigton. Picture by Richard Edmondson

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

Kendal 9

Wigton 1

North Hockey Womens League Premier Division

KENDAL began 2013 in style when they demolished Wigton 9-1 at home in the Premier Division of the North Hockey Womens League.

Sally Scott, Nicola Conway and Vicky Jones bagged a brace apiece, while Abby Bland, Laura Morris and a Wigton own goal deflected in at a short corner gave Kendal a comfortable victory.

Wigton scored just their second goal of their entire campaign in this match.

The scoreline reflected Kendal's fluid passing and moving in all areas of the pitch.

Chester 3

Kendal 4

Premier Division

Sunday was a different prospect altogether as the Whites took on a well-organised Chester side.

Kendal created a hatful of chances before Vicky Jones deflected the ball between the keeper's legs to open the scoring.

This was shortly followed by a determined finish from Carole Quill, diving in from the left to put away another.

Chester always threatened though and scored a breakaway goal despite some solid tackling from Laura Morris to make it 2-1 at half time.

It remained tight in the second half, Kendal scoring twice through Nicola Conway and Carole Quill.

Chester worked hard though and managed to convert two short corners leaving the final score 4-3 to Kendal.

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Ulverston 0

Formby 4

Division Two North West

A MUCH-improved performance from the hosts against a quality side saw the visitors take only a single goal lead into half time.

Goalkeeper Stef Sykes made some outstanding saves throughout the match but a well-executed penalty corner and penalty flick saw them extend their lead, and their final goal was a well-taken deflection from a pass into the D .

Kirkby Stephen also lost their opening game of 2013 with a 3-1 defeat at home to league leaders Didsbury Greys.

Kirkby lie 14th in the division

Cumbria Womens League

SOUTH Lakes closed the gap on league leaders Kirkby Lonsdale to four points with a straightforward 5-0 victory at Kirkby Stephen Thirds.

Carlisle and Kirkby Stephen Seconds also kept up the pressure with 7-0 and 6-0 wins over Keswick and Kendal Seconds respectively.

Ambleside picked up a 5-2 success at Dalston despite Dalston’s keeper playing excellently.

Dayna Cannon opened the scoring before Jess Young made it doubled the lead and Charlotte Russell got the third after good work from Janet Faulkner.

Dalston scored two early second half goals but Ambleside continued to work hard and were rewarded with further goals from Cannon and Bryony Halcrow.

Carlisle Seconds got their first win of the season with a 4-1 triumph over Wigton Seconds.

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