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Kendal Town 1-1 Warrington Town
A DANNY MITCHLEY penalty earned Kendal a share of the spoils against high-flying Warrington to consign their weekend humbling to the pages of history.
The 24-year-old stroked home a second-half spot-kick to cancel out Liam Dawson’s opener as the visitors were reduced to ten men with the dismissal of skipper Craig Robinson.
Warren Beattie was back in action which saw Martin Grundy revert to centre-half in place of the injured Ricky Mercer, while there were recalls for Ross Lloyd and Maison McGeechan.
The first-half was a scrappy affair with both sides cancelling each other out, McGeechan screwing an early effort wide for the hosts while Dawson fired over for the away side.
Midway through the half a forward ball from Michael Kennedy was nodded into the path of Connor Millington by Tony Evans only for his shot to clear the crossbar.
Minutes later, an inswinging free-kick from Dawson, awarded for Jack Smith’s foul on striker Aaron Bowen, was headed narrowly past the post by James McCarten.
Despite the visitors having one of the best defences in the league, the Mintcakes looked capable of causing problems in the attacking third.
However, Warrington took the lead on 42 minutes through Dawson, who rifled a shot high into Craig Dootson’s net after Chris Gahgan’s break down the right flank.
There was still time for McGeechan to fire inches wide before the half-time whistle, with the interval seeing manager Steve Edmondson sent to the stands for the remainder of the game.
The last time Kendal hosted Warrington in 2006 the Mintcakes ultimately won promotion from their current level of football.
And the hosts started the second period in positive fashion, paving the way for a much-improved performance with the equaliser coming seven minutes after the re-start.
Neat play by Mitchley saw the frontman collect the ball and turn his marker McCarten before being brought down by the centre-half.
The ex-Blackpool hitman, who missed his last penalty against Burscough, made no mistake on this occasion to net his 11th goal of the season.
Clark failed to hit the target after being picked out by McGeechan while at the other end Dawson played in Gahgan who could only find the side-netting as Dootson narrowed the angle.
The Parkside Road club were on the front foot with Rob Wilson’s neat play releasing a revitalised McGeechan whose effort was clawed behind by Cook on 64 minutes.
The visitors played out the final 20 minutes a man light after Robinson received his second caution for hacking down Clark who was making a nuisance of himself on the left flank.
The home side searched in vain for winner as the game wore on, Danny Coid finding Clark only for his deflected cross to evade a lurking Mitchley.
Shaun Reid’s side maintained a threat and Lloyd was on-hand to thwart Bowen – who scored two goals against Kendal for Barrow during pre-season – after being played in by Dawson.
The final chance fell to the league’s leading scorer Mitchely as he headed over McGeechan’s late cross from the right after the former Bolton Wanderers winger had retrieved Clark’s initial ball.
Kendal Town: Craig Dootson, Ross Lloyd, Jack Smith, Warren Beattie (Darren Green 85), Martin Grundy, Niall Cowperthwaite, Rob Wilson, Danny Coid (c), Danny Mitchley (Jordan Connerton 87), Maison McGeechan (Mike Rushton 90), Zach Clark. Subs not used: Colin Watson, Danny McGahon
Warrington Town: Josh Cook, Michael Kennedy, David Thompson, John McKenna, James McCarten, Craig Robinson (c), Chris Gahgan (Phil Mooney 76), Connor Millington, Aaron Bowen, Tony Evans (Ashley Ruane 62), Liam Dawson. Subs not used: Jon Newby, Philip Davies, Sam Houghton
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