KENDAL 2s welcomed second in the league Ormskirk to The Queen Katherine School on Saturday with quiet confidence – and eased to an important 1-0 win.

The game started at a high tempo and it was the visitors who looked to press from the off, but the Kendal back line of Jared Elshaw, Liam Platt, Phil Conlin and Ollie Hayton were up to the task and Andrew Melville, Tyson Barclay and Harry Denney slowly began to gain the upper hand in midfield.

It wasn’t long before the home side were applying some pressure of their own, with man of the match Alex Tarney seeming impossible to tackle as he jinked down the right wing – and it was from one such run that the goal came.

The ball was switched back into the centre of the pitch to Rob Bradshaw, who glanced up to see Steve Barclay in space in the Ormskirk D, to where he sent a missile of a pass to Barclay’s stick and he scored via a deft first time touch that wrong-footed the keeper.

The second half got under way with the home side’s positivity high, but the match ebbed and flowed as both teams had a share of the possession and The Greens just edging control.

The host’s midfield was working hard with Lucas Rumney making a valuable contribution on his debut.

Although each team was doing its best to create chances, finding the net was proving difficult for both. Kendal made several scoring opportunities but were guilty of failing to convert, and James Taylor in the Kendal goal easily dealt with the few shots on target that the visitors fashioned.

As time wore on Kendal could feel that an important victory was within their grasp and fought to hold on to the lead – and the final whistle was a relief for the jubilant side who finally got the result their performances have warranted.