KENDAL Town remain in relegation bother after crashing to their 11th league defeat of the season at high-flying Leek Town.

The 30 reverse against in-form Leek – who are one of the favourites for promotion – sees Kendal sitting level on points with second-from-bottom Glossop North End.

Defensive mistakes coupled with the teams continuing problems in front of goal added up to another bad day at the office for Town, though manager Dave Foster was able to take some positives from the game.

"We gave a good account of ourselves. 3-0 was a little bit flattering to Leek but at the end of the day it is about sticking the ball in the net," he said.

Leek created the first opportunity of the game after just seven minutes, when Jordan Johnson’s free kick deflected wide of the post. However, they went ahead on 24 minutes when Rob Stevenson's cross was headed home by Tim Grice.

The hosts created further opportunities through Stevenson and Charlie Walford before Grice missed a penalty – firing his effort wide.

Kendal played with more intent at the start of the second half, with Scott Harries, Kyle Sambor and Matt Clarke all causing problems for the home defence.

But Kendal were reduced to speculative long range efforts as thy struggled to create any opportunities close to goal.

At the other end, Stevenson fired a shot wide of goal before Leek sealed the win with nine minutes left as Billy Sass Davies headed in from an inswinging corner.

As Kendal pushed for a way back into the game, Aaron Bott scored the third goal in injury time. heading in from close range after Stu Dixon had done well to parry away Stevenson’s shot.

After the game, Kendal manager David Foster said: "We were a bit off our game during the first half – our shape wasn’t right and we were a little bit too respectful of the opposition.

"However, up until their second goal there was nothing between the teams – it was a bit of a stalemate.

. But no-one is throwing the towels in. The players are hurting but they were competitive and kept going.

"This group of players will always give their all for the club and we now have a run of fixtures which are a little bit kinder to us, where the players feel they can dominate and pick up some points.

"Our next two games are vital and we don’t see any reason why we can’t get maximum points from them. Football is a funny thing where when you win everything is brilliant but when you lose it feels like it can be the end of the world. We try and keep somewhere in the middle and not to get too carried away.”

Final Score: Leek Town 3 Kendal Town 0

Town entertain Widnes at the ST&B stadium on Saturday.