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Town dumped out of cup by North Ferriby United
TEN-man Kendal Town were dumped out of the Doodson Cup at the semi-final stage as they lost away at North Ferriby United for the second time in three weeks.
Town had signed George Melling just hours before kick off and he went straight into the heart of defence with skipper Marc Joseph suspended for the Humberside clash.
But after a goalless first half the vocal defender was given his marching orders on 50 minutes for a second bookable offence when he went through Russell Fry on the edge of the box.
Town boss Lee Ashcroft sacrificed striker Gary McEvatt to bring Jordan Tucker into the back four, but the hosts broke the deadlock just ten minutes later.
Making the extra man tell pacy Wayne Brooksby played a neat through ball for Gary Bradshaw and the striker shot under Craig Dootson for a 1-0 lead with 62 minutes on the clock.
Just six minutes later, the tie was effectively ended when Danny Clarke followed in a Bradshaw strike to rifle the hosts into a 2-0 lead with Town slow to react.
Rory Winters and Carl Osman gave way to Adam Farrell and Alex Taylor as the Mintcakes pushed forward to find a way back, but the third goal went to Ferriby.
On 72 minutes Clarke stole the march on Tucker and hit a sweet half volley from 20 yards which gave Dootson no chance.
Town's chance of revenge for an earlier 4-2 reverse was gone and with the club now out of both cup competitions, there was certainly a flat feeling at the end of the match.
Town will be on their travels again on Saturday when they face Nantwich Town in Cheshire before visiting Bradford Park Avenue on Monday night.
HOW THEY RATED: C Dootson 6, R Winters 6 (rep A Farrell 68mins), D Williams 5, S Gray 5, G Melling 5, C Donnelly 6, C Osman 6 (rep A Taylor 74mins), K Leadbetter 6, G McEvatt 5 (rep J Tucker 54mins), A Dunn 5, M Jackson 5.
Subs: T Kilifin, T Newton.
STAR MAN: K Leadbetter - A poor night for Town but the midfielder put in a good shift.