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Kendal Town 3-0 Farsley AFC
SHARPSHOOTER Danny Mitchley showcased his goalscoring ability by netting twice as Kendal Town comfortably brushed aside Farsley at Parkside Road.
The former Altrincham striker found the net in each half, with a Danny Coid blockbuster doubling the Mintcakes’ lead early in the second period.
Steve Edmondson shuffled his pack with Sefton Gonzales drafted in to freshen up the home side’s forward line as Jordan Connerton gave way.
There was also a place on the bench for Darren Green, whose last act on a football field was keeping Kendal at bay as a makeshift goalkeeper in last week’s clash at Northwich Victoria.
Neither side made much headway in the opening stages, with the first chance of the game falling to the hosts after quarter of an hour.
A forward ball was misjudged by James Riley, with visiting keeper Ben Higginson bailing out his centre-half as Gonzales was allowed time and space to pick his spot.
Farsley have Aiden Savory in their ranks, one of the division’s leading marksmen who notched a hat-trick as the West Yorkshire outfit inflicted defeat on much-fancied Darlington 1883 last month.
And it was Savory who had the visitors’ first sight of goal moments later, manoeuvring in front of Michael Stringfellow before his effort was bundled behind by Craig Dootson.
Dootson was soon in action again, getting a hand on Paddy Miller’s cross ahead of Savory before a Matty James downward header from Riley’s return ball into the box drifted wide.
Ten minutes later Kendal had the lead as Mitchley arrived on cue in the six-yard box to finish off a neat move and score for the third game running.
Rob Wilson, once again playing from the right flank, provided the assist with an inviting cross after being picked out by Coid’s penetrating pass.
The Black and Whites were able to exert control for the remainder of the half, with Farsley failing to trouble the Kendal backline as neither side created any clear-cut opportunities.
The second-half continued in similar fashion until the home side doubled their lead in impressive fashion after 59 minutes through Coid.
The former Blackpool defender smashed home his fourth goal of the campaign following Mitchley’s deft flick from a Jack Smith free-kick which completely wrong-footed the Farsley defence.
Kendal played out the final half an hour without the influential Niall Cowperthwaite after the 21-year-old was replaced by Adam Freeland who slotted in alongside Stringfellow.
And there was a debut for former Lancaster City forward Green, who introduced himself to the Parkside Road faithful by laying on his new club’s third goal.
Prior to this, Farsley came close to halving the deficit as both Lee Ellington and Savory failed to connect with Matt Dempsey’s enticing delivery from the right.
With 12 minutes remaining on the clock, the hosts added a third to stave off any thoughts of a Farsley revival with the clinical Mitchley once again the man on the spot.
Full-back Ross Lloyd found Green down the right and the latest addition to Kendal’s striking department squared for Mitchley to sweep past Higginson.
The 23-year-old was the club’s top-scorer last season, with a seventh strike of the campaign propelling him to the top of the division’s goalscoring charts this time around.
Kendal kept a clean-sheet against Wakefield during their last home game and Dootson’s excellent late saved ensured back-to-back shut outs.
Farsley substitute Danny Hull met an inswinging free-kick from Josh Grant only for his header to be tipped around the post by the outstretched stopper.
Kendal Town: Craig Dootson, Ross Lloyd, Jack Smith, Warren Beattie, Niall Cowperthwaite (Freeland 60), Michael Stringfellow, Rob Wilson (Danny McGahon 81), Danny Coid (c), Danny Mitchley, Sefton Gonzales (Green 67), Zach Clark. Subs not used: Corry Vickers, Matthew Knipe
Farsley: Ben Higginson, Matt Dempsey, Ryan Serrant, Robbie O’Brien (c) (Simeon Bambrook 77), James Riley, Paddy Miller, Josh Grant, Matty Young, Lee Ellington, Aiden Savory, Matty James (Danny Hull 64). Subs not used: Rob Etherington, Mark Jackson, Tom Morgan
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