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Hockey: University of Durham 4-2 Kendal Ladies
KENDAL LADIES are now four games without a win after Laura Bevan’s early blast continued unbeaten University of Durham’s imperious start to the season.
Securing their sixth win from seven outings, the league leaders made a fast start with Bevan’s quick-fire strikes added to by Philippa Lewis and Camilla McWhirker before half-time.
The north-east side’s lead was narrowed during the first period by Rosie Dale, with Nicola Conway netting as the away side kept the table toppers at bay after the break.
University of Durham have brushed aside all before them this campaign following an opening day draw at Loughborough Students, coming into the clash as the division’s form team after six wins on the spin.
The hosts were two goals to the good after Bevan netted twice in a minute – her first strike since she bagged the winner against derby rivals Whitley Bay and Tynemouth in September.
Bevan opened the scoring in the seventh minute from a penalty corner, with the lead extended seconds later with a flick from open play.
Prolific forward Lewis has been in impressive form so far this season in front of goal and scored her eighth of the campaign after 22 minutes before the Cumbrian outfit replied.
Without a goal since her starring role against Ben Rhydding at the start of the month, midfielder Dale smashed the ball under the keeper to reduce the Kendal arrears.
Five minutes later, McWhirker found the net to give the home side – the league’s joint top scorers with Brooklands Poynton – a commanding half-time lead.
Only Doncaster and Boots have shipped more goals than Kendal this season but the visitors produced a strong second-half performance and made it through to full-time without conceding again.
Amy Cordukes made a number of crucial tackles while Rebecca Delbridge constantly pressured and hassled the opposition as Kendal searched for a foothold in the game.
Conway maintained her own rich vein of goalscoring form, on target with a well-executed strike on 53 minutes to make it four goals in five games for the attacker.
Fiona Battersby, who missed last week’s clash with Wakefield due to an injury picked up against Loughborough Students, was back in action and saved a penalty to deny Durham a fifth.
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