7:52pm Saturday 24th March 2012
By Patrick O'Kane
Evo-Stik Premier League
Nantwich Town 3
Kendal Town 0
MICHAEL Lennon struck twice for Nantwich Town to inflict a fourth straight defeat on Kendal Town on Saturday.
Nantwich started the better and could have gone ahead on 15 minutes but Mat Lowe's header was wide of the mark from a Tom Urwin corner and a second corner minutes later saw defender Adam Farrell clear off the line as Town struggled to settle.
The hosts had the lions share of possession and on 22 minutes Simon Everall headed wide of the mark.
Kendal were strong in defence though and could have taken the lead against the run of play.
A Kevin Leadbetter free kick on 26 minutes was headed back across goal by George Melling but the ball was cleared with Gary McEvatt poised to fire home.
Ciaran Donnelly headed wide before firing over the top as neither side could find a breakthrough in the first 45 minutes.
Lee Ashcroft's men got on top after the break with Donnelly forging his way into the box and an Ashley Dunn burst into the box resulting in a shot falling narrowly wide of Jon Brain's far post.
Michael Lennon and Simon Everall were in fine form though as the sun shone down on the Weaver Stadium and it was Lennon who made the breakthrough for the hosts when he headed home an Andy White cross.
The Black and Whites appeared to switch off after the goal and they found themselves 2-0 down ten minutes later.
Lennon escaped a George Melling tackle on the left wing and cut the ball back for Urwin who chose his spot inside Craig Dootson's near post.
Farrell cleared two further chances off the line as the hosts looked to run away with the tie, but he was unable to prevent Lennon adding a third in stoppage time.
Ashcroft's men have no time to lick their wounds though as they face a tricky match at Bradford Park Avenue on Monday evening.
HOW THEY RATED: C Dootson 5, A Farrell 6, D Williams 4, S Gray 6, G Melling 4, C Donnelly 5, C Osman 5 (rep A Taylor 68mins), K Leadbetter 6, G McEvatt 4, A Dunn 5, M Jackson 4.
Subs: I Kilford, R Knowles, J Tucker, T Newton.
STAR MAN: Adam Farrell - some important clearances prevented a drubbing.
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