Goalkeeper Fiona Battersby urges Kendal Ladies to cut mistakes as battle to preserve Investec Conference North status continues against Loughborough (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Goalkeeper Fiona Battersby urges Kendal Ladies to cut mistakes as battle to preserve Investec Conference North status continues against Loughborough
GOALKEEPER Fiona Battersby concedes Kendal cannot make a habit of throwing away points from winning positions if they have designs on preserving their Investec Conference North status.
Despite storming into a two-goal lead shortly after half-time with strikes from Sally Scott and Nicola Conway against Stourport on Saturday, the Worcestershire side stunned their hosts with a late comeback.
And Battersby believes Kendal were guilty of shooting themselves in the foot as a first home win of the season continues to prove elusive.
“We had pinpointed this fixture as one we had a chance of winning so losing the lead makes it even more frustrating we failed to get something from the clash,” she said.
“We were perhaps a little bit naive at the back in terms of conceding too many short corners at such a late stage.
“If we hadn’t given away those opportunities it could well have been a very different story and looking back we could have taken more points from all our home games so far.
“Even at 2-2 we were hoping for a draw as a point is better than nothing, but in the end we didn’t get that and in my view the final scoreline didn’t reflect the balance of play."
Despite an overriding feeling of despondency, Battersby refuses to be too downbeat preferring instead to accentuate the positives in the performance.
“If you look at the first-half and even up until halfway through the second, we showed what we are capable of and our level of play has really stepped up since coming into this division,” she added.
“We’re all massively disappointed especially as we’ll be coming up against some very difficult opposition in the next few weeks and as the season progresses.
“But when we go back and play teams like Stourport again we will know what to expect and I would count on us taking at least one point if not three.”
Battersby and Co. face Loughborough on Saturday looking to build on victory in their opening away game of the campaign at Boots.
The students sit a place and a point above Kendal in the league table after returning from Ben Rhydding at the weekend with maximum points, with Battersby predicting a tough assignment.
“It will be a tough game, they will have a young side but we are strong and will fight until the end, we would take a point at this stage but you just never know,” she said.
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