Kendal Town 1

Droylsden 1

THERE were more signs of that long awaited improvement as Kendal Town battled to a precious point at the ST&B Accountants Stadium on Saturday.

It was hard fought game against a side who the Mintcakes had also shared the points with in the return fixture a month ago, but it was ultimately a fair result and one which sees Steve Edmondson's side edge out of the BetVictor League relegation places.

Town made a strong start when Joseph Dickson saw his goalbound effort blocked by the visiting defence who then scrambled the ball away from danger, then moments later Emil Jaaskelainen headed just wide.

But the home side were not to be denied and on the 10 minute mark, central defender Seydou Bamba headed into the net from close range.

The visitors then took charge, dominating possession and pressing forward, and they had a strong penalty appeal turned down when Colin Murray went down in the box before Rhys Clooney saw his shot blocked by home keeper Morgan Bacon.

Yet Kendal also had their chances and almost made it 2-0 soon after that when Nathan Cloudsdale's header was parried over the bar by Droylsden keeper Chris Thompson.

However, it was the visitors who struck next when on 40 minutes, Murray capitalised on a mistake by Jackson Hulme and stroked the ball home to ensure the sides went in level at the break.

It was end to end stuff at times in a keenly fought second half.

A Jaaskelainen effort was comfortably saved by Thompson, while at the other end, Bacon made a stunning one handed save to parry Andreas Byanga’s goalbound effort away for a corner.

Kendal could have won the game late on when after a free kick, Michael Hodgson blazed over.

But it was Droylsden who finished the game on top, but as they pressed for a winner deep into stoppage time, Kendal’s defence stood firm and they held out for a deserved point.