THE second game of the season saw Kendal Ladies 1s battle to hold their ground against a mighty Morpeth at Queen Katherine School before slipping to a narrow defeat.

Still trying to fight off the cobwebs, the ladies tired gamely to defend their home territory against the Northumberland side but still pulled the short straw at the end of the match.

Within the first 10 minutes of the game, a penalty corner was given to the opposition and an ugly and messy goal was scored, and despite a long deliberation with the umpire the score was given.

Kendal had most of the possession for the remainder of the encounter and also had plenty of opportunities to score with eight penalty corners to play, they still could not penetrate through Morpeth's defence and the visitors held on to take a narrow victory.

But lessons were learned and certain tweaks are expected to be made before this weekend's away game at Harrogate.