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Kendal Town 0-2 Ossett Town
DAVE FOSTER awaits a maiden victory as Kendal Town manager after his side succumbed to lowly Ossett Town, making it three home league games without a win.
Tasting success on the road for the fourth time this season, a goal in each half from strike duo James Eyles and Chris Wood secured the points for the West Yorkshire outfit.
Foster welcomed back Craig Dootson and Ricky Mercer, who started in place of Phil King and Martin Grundy, while Zach Clark earned a recall in place of the absent Maison McGeechan.
After an early period of Kendal pressure, Danny Mitchley was unable to hit the target at the far post after being picked out by skipper Danny Coid.
Having lost three on the spin coming into this fixture, the visitors shocked Parkside Road after ten minutes, taking the lead through Eyles with a goal route one in nature.
A long clearance from Ossett keeper Tom Taylor was flicked on by Wood, with Eyles making a run behind the Kendal defence and slipping the ball under Dootson.
The goal came against the run of play and the home side continued to enjoy periods of possession but were unable to find a way past a resolute Ossett backline.
Coid’s effort from a Colin Watson cross lacked the power to beat Taylor after 16 minutes while a Mercer header from Rob Wilson’s corner was cleared off the line.
Kendal continued to search for a leveller with Coid failing to hit the target after controlling an inswinging Darren Green corner shortly before the half-hour mark.
Moments later, Mike Rushton – enjoying another productive game as a holding midfielder –played in Mitchley who was thwarted by Taylor.
Having withstood Kendal pressure, Ossett came close to second on the stroke of half-time as a deep Steven Jeff free-kick was headed narrowly wide by Nicholas Wood.
After a quiet opening to the second period, Craig Elliott’s side put clear daylight between themselves and their opponents by doubling the lead after an hour.
Eyles’ low shot from a Scott McGrory right-wing cross was well-saved by Dootson only for Wood to fire home the rebound to effectively seal maximum points.
Kendal dangerman Mitchley was isolated at times playing upfront on his own with Ossett’s clincher prompting a change of system with Green paired with the 24-year-old.
And the ex-Lancaster City forward was immediately more involved in the game, volleying a deep cross wide of the far post from an acute angle.
As the game wore on Kendal continued to push numbers forward in a bid to spark a late revival with substitute Ross Lloyd and Mitchley both foiled by Taylor.
And the latter was denied by an offside flag with ten minutes remaining after heading home a flick by Mercer, who was now playing as an emergency striker.
Green screwed a couple of efforts wide before the final chance of the afternoon fell to leading scorer Mitchely, who headed wide Lloyd’s centre in injury time.
This defeat sees Kendal slip a place to seventh, four points off Bamber Bridge in fifth and 12 behind league leaders Warrington Town.
It was only the second time this season the Mintcakes have failed to score in a league game and the first time since March they have failed to register during a clash at Parkside Road.
Kendal Town: Craig Dootson, Colin Watson, Jack Smith, Mike Rushton, Ricky Mercer, Michael Stringfellow (Martin Grundy 61), Rob Wilson (Ross Lloyd 67), Danny Coid (c), Danny Mitchley, Zach Clark (Danny McGahon 79), Darren Green. Subs not used: Adam Freeland, Matthew Knipe
Ossett Town: Tom Taylor, Scott McGrory, Steven Jeff, Nicholas Wood, Shaun Connor, Ryan Qualter (c), Richard Patterson, Andrew Fox, James Eyles (Gareth Grant 87), Chris Wood (Callum Ward 80)), Fernando Moke (Jason Mycoe 89). Subs not used: /
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