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Kendal Town 5-0 Wakefield
ZACH Clark scored twice as Kendal Town produced a five-star performance to dismantle Wakefield and return to winning ways after three straight defeats.
In a one-sided contest, goals from Danny Mitchley and Maison McGeechan gave the Mintcakes a commanding first-half lead, with Danny Coid and Clark adding gloss to an impressive all-round showing.
Assistant Manager Dave Foster took temporary charge as Steve Edmondson was away, with five changes made to the line-up which began the FA Cup defeat to Crook Town.
New signings Craig Dootson and Warren Beattie were straight into the fray on their return to Parkside Road as Ross Lloyd, Michael Stringfellow and McGeechan earned recalls.
Operating with a four-man midfield, Kendal started brightly and took the lead from a ninth minute corner after Wakefield keeper Sam Dodds palmed behind Mitchley’s stinging effort.
From Rob Wilson’s well-worked set-piece, Mitchley peeled off his marker to give himself time and space to fire an angled drive through a crowded penalty area into the far corner.
Former Preston North End midfielder Beattie gave the home side’s engine room a competitive edge and snapped into challenges alongside Coid.
And while Town were on the front foot for the duration of the half, clear-cut opportunities were few and far between until the lead was doubled in the 38th minute.
Beattie released Clark down the left-flank and while his cross was half-cleared, McGeechan’s powerful swerving shot from the edge of the box found the net via a deflection off Eddie Hague.
Wakefield, visiting Parkside Road for the first time since 1990, barely threatened all afternoon with their only real shot at goal coming a minute before the break.
Niall Cowperthwaite’s clearing header from a John Douglas right-wing corner fell to Cameron Lyn who shot well wide from 18 yards after creating space with some neat footwork.
Kendal shot out the blocks at the start of the second period, scoring twice to put the contest beyond all doubt and by the full-time whistle could feasibly have posted double figures.
Two minutes after the restart, McGeechan’s low cross from the right reached Clark who took a touch before rifling the ball high into the net past helpless Bears’ skipper Dodds.
And shortly afterwards the hosts struck a fourth after more enterprising play down the right flank, with former Altrincham forward Mitchley releasing Wilson with an incisive pass.
After bearing down on goal, Wilson was denied by the keeper with the rebound falling to Coid who deftly chipped the ball over the covering defenders into an unguarded net.
Wakefield continued to defend with a high line leaving plenty of space in behind, with McGeechan latching onto Cowperthwaite’s clearance shortly before the hour-mark only for Dodds to intervene.
Moments later, Mitchley rattled the crossbar with a ferocious right-footed shot from 25 yards after good battling by Coid in the midfield to regain possession.
Having opened his account for the season in the first-half, McGeechan spurned a great opportunity to double his tally in the 65th minute.
Beattie’s ball over the top released Mitchley who was foiled by ex-Harrogate Railway Athletic stopper Dodds, with McGeechan unable to provide a finish from the rebound with the goal gaping.
Kendal continued to dominate, Clark firing over after being found by substitute Mike Rushton, before the home side scored for the fifth and final time with three minutes remaining.
A clever pass from Mitchley freed McGeechan and while the linesman’s flag was raised, Clark’s second run from deep was deemed onside, with the former Clitheroe winger sweeping home.
The final chance of the game fell to McGeechan, who was again picked out by Mitchley, but after holding off the challenge of Ross Hardaker fired over with only the keeper to beat.
Kendal Town: Craig Dootson, Ross Lloyd, Jack Smith, Warren Beattie (Adam Main 73), Niall Cowperthwaite, Michael Stringfellow, Rob Wilson (Mike Rushton 67), Danny Coid (c) (Martin Grundy 77), Danny Mitchley, Maison McGeechan, Zach Clark. Subs not used: Jordan Connerton, Matthew Knipe
Wakefield: Sam Dodds (c), Thomas Marsden, Ross Hardaker, Ryan Grant, Eddie Hague, Ryan Donoghue (Ferdinand Annor 26, James Davies 67), Cameron Lyn, Jarrod Wallace (Roy Fogarty 56), Shane Hamilton, John Douglas, Shaquille Clark-Adams. Subs not used: Steve Richard-Shade, Shaun Penn
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