WITH celebrations ongoing after securing their Investec Conference North status, Kendal Ladies attacker Nicola Conway now wants to crash a promotion party and end proceedings with a bang.
Melanie Whalley and Sasha Cotton both scored their first goals of the season as Kendal completed a league double over bottom side Doncaster to remove any lingering relegation fears.
Table-toppers Brooklands Poynton visit Kirkbie Kendal School this weekend for the campaign finale, with Conway insistent there will be no free gifts as the title race reaches its climax.
“We definitely want to end the year on a high and make life difficult for Brooklands Poynton if we can and force them to work for their title,” she said.
“When we played Wakefield recently we all said after the game they were the best team we’ve faced this season. It’s between those two and we want to have a say.
“It will be nice to play and just enjoy the game after beating Doncaster – we didn’t want to go into this weekend needing to pick up a result against the league leaders.
“We also want to end well and make our coach Jon Elleray even prouder than he is already – and I’ve had two weeks without a goal so it would be nice to put that right.”
Piling forward for a short corner on the stroke of half-time, Whalley was on hand to calmly slot home to give Kendal a vital lead at the break.
A penalty corner saw Charlotte Tomlin equalise for the home side 15 minutes after the restart only for Cotton to flick home the winner shortly after the hour-mark.
Ben Rhydding beat Boots as results elsewhere went in their favour although a fourth victory of the season saw Kendal determine their own destiny.
“We went in knowing it was a must-win game and to be honest I don’t think it has really sunk in yet,” added Conway.
“When we found out we were safe after the game it was awesome and we’re now looking forward to Saturday with no worries.
“After losing out to Durham the week before by such a narrow margin it made us even more determined to show people we deserved to stay up with an extra victory.
“Considering it was such a pressure game it was one of our better performances, we all worked together and you could see how much we wanted it.
“Everyone fought for each other and we were absolutely shattered coming off the field.”