Kendal 4 - New Mills 5: Nine goal thriller ends Kendal's winning start to the season (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Kendal 4 - New Mills 5: Nine goal thriller ends Kendal's winning start to the season
KENDAL Town's winning start to life in the Evo-stik First Division North came to an end in a nine goal thriller against New Mills.
In a match not short of incidents, the Mintcakes went into the game against the Derbyshire outfit buoyed by two rousing comebacks.
But Kendal found themselves having to battle back from the brink of defeat once again after conceding three goals in the first 20 minutes.
Town themselves then scored three goals in six crazy first half minutes to the delight of the home crowd before conceding a controversial goal on the stroke of half-time.
An 83rd minute equaliser looked to have earned Kendal a share of the spoils until The Millers captain deflected home a winner in the 94th minute.
Steve Edmondson made two changes to the team who came from behind to beat Ossett Albion 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Niall Cowperthwaite and Rob Wilson were both unavailable so Adam Freeland came into the heart of the defence and Mathew Knipe was brought in at left-back.
Zack Clark picked up a knock against Ossett and wasn't risked meaning Maison McGeechan took up his more familiar role in the front three.
And it was New Mills, who lost 5-0 at Cammell Laird at the weekend, who made the perfect start to the game as Kendal's defence looked shaky.
The Millers took the lead after neat play in the inside right channel.
A shot ricocheted off the left-hand post and striker James Hampson was the quickest to react - slotting home into the bottom corner.
The lead was doubled in the 11th minute as the lively Jamie Rother made in roads down the right before firing past Kendal 'keeper Damian Clifton.
And things got worse for the Parkside Road outfit in the 20th minute.
After confusion, and a clear handball in the box from Rother, the striker picked himself up and converted.
But a mad six minutes followed as Kendal levelled the scores.
First, McGeechan controlled a low cross from captain Danny Coid before spinning past the defender and firing home past 'keeper Peter Collinge in the 32nd minute.
Two minutes later and Danny Mitchley took advantage of a loose backpass to round Collinge and walk the ball into the net.
The equaliser came from Coid after a shot was blocked from a low McGeechan corner.
Coid, lurking at the edge of the D, let loose with a left-footed drive in to the roof of the net.
But New Mills controversially took the lead again just moments later.
Michael Fish' shot was spilled by Clifton and the ball crept agonizingly slow towards the line but Clifton dove on the ball to deny a goal.
As Clifton was looking to play the ball out, Scott Metcalfe controversially kicked the ball out of his hands and rolled the ball into the empty goal.
Referee Kevin Mulraine consulted with his linesman and gave the goal - to the fury of the Kendal bench and fans.
The home team had chances in the second half to level but had to wait until the 83rd minute before Jordan Connerton looked to have earned the team a hard-fought draw.
Mitchley skipped past the advances of the defender at the by-line before hammering a ball across the face of the goal where Connerton slid in to score.
Kendal were reduced to ten men after Adam Freeland was given a second yellow card in the 86th minute following a rash tackle.
The Black and Whites would have hoped they would hold out for a draw as Clifton made a superb save in the 92nd minute after Hampson shrugged off the defender.
But from the resulting corner captain Carlos Meakin deflected home a drilled effort giving New Mills the three points.
Kendal now travel to Bishop Auckland to take on Darlington 1883 on Bank Holiday Monday.
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