Double blow for Kendal but Ulverston off the bottom of the table in ladies hockey

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

Kendal 1

Springfields 1

North Women’s Premier Division

KENDAL’S promotion prospects were dealt a major blow as they came out of their double-header weekend with just one point to their name.

First up on Saturday was Springfields at Kirkbie Kendal Scool and the visitors took the lead 10 minutes before half time through a penalty flick.

The match had been a real war of attrition before the goal in a tight game in which Kendal didn’t have their A game out until the second half when they managed to equalise.

Kendal pushed for a winner after the goal and despite having a few chances to snatch the three points, they were unable to add to their score as Springfields held them to a 1-1 draw.

Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Seconds 4

Kendal 3

Premier Division

On Sunday Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Seconds had Kendal massively on the back foot when they surged into a 3-0 lead during the first half.

Kendal were not playing particularly badly, but the home side took advantage of their opportunities and punished a Kendal team that have hit a sticky patch of form of late, and a side that were unable to convert chances of their own.

But the Cumbrians came out fighting in the second half and their fightback was on when Vicky Jones reduced Kendal’s arrears to 3-1.

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A drag flick by Jones from a short corner made it 3-2 and Laura Morris got the leveller when she deflected the ball in at the near post from a short corner with 10 minutes left.

But disaster struck five minutes from full time when, despite Kendal pressure, Whitley Bay went up the other end and grabbed the winner to leave Kendal eight points adrift of leaders Bowdon Seconds.

Mossley Hill 0

Ulverston 3

Division Two North West

ULVERSTON faced a testing weekend with a home fixture against third in the table Northern on Saturday and the opportunity to record only their second win of the season against Mossley Hill away on Sunday.

Despite a valiant first half effort on Saturday, Northern proved too good in the end and came away 4-1 winners.

Sunday’s game could have become a victim to both teams tired legs but all the ladies involved gave everything they hadand Ulverston came away 3-0 winners.

Steph Tyson and Stef Sykes shone for Ulverston in a tough encounter which saw Ulverston lift themselves off the foot of the table.

Cumbria League

KIRKBY Lonsdale scored 13 goals and conceded none as they picked up two victories over a busy weekend in the Cumbria League.

Their first success was a surprisingly low-scoring 3-0 win at home to Wigton Seconds before they demolished Keswick 10-0 on Sunday.

It was a disappointing end to the weekend for Keswick, who narrowly triumphed over Kendal Seconds 1-0 on Saturday.

Ambleside held third-placed South Lakes to a draw in an entertaining 4-4 tie.

Ambleside were 2-0 down at half time but the second half was a different story as crisp passing and more aggression saw Amanda Faulkner pull one back before Ambleside were caught on the break and South Lakes added a third.

Dayna Cannon and Jess Young put Ambleside on level terms but South Lakes wouldn’t lay down and scored a fourth minutes from the end.

However, Jess Young struck an unstoppable shot at a penalty corner to earn a draw for Ambleside.

Penrith had a superb weekend after they defeated Kirkby Stephen Seconds 4-2 on Saturday before beating Carlisle Seconds 3-2 on Sunday.

Carlisle kept up the pressure on table toppers Kirkby Lonsdale with a 2-0 victory over Dalston, while Kirkby Stephen Thirds got their third success of the season when they defeated Carlisle Seconds 5-0 .

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