WITH the Christmas football break coming to an end, Endmoor and Milnthorpe Corinthians arranged a friendly at Kendal Rugby Club's artificial pitch on Friday night as they stepped up preparations for the resumption of action on Saturday.

Corinthians' last game was on Saturday, December 7 so this was a useful workout for the West Lancashire League outfit and their Westmorland League rivals Endmoor.

Both teams fielded strong squads as the respective managers worked on formations and shape in the game, which took the form of three 30 minute periods.

Milnthorpe's team included former Kendal Town player Ben Thomas as well as Brandon Croskell-Robinson and Mike Packham.

And they dominated proceedings against a much changed Endmoor line up, creating a host of opportunities especially in the first and third period, while Endmoor had a good spell in the middle period and also during the closing stages.

Corinthians opened the scoring early in the game when Thomas’s effort deflected into the net, and the visitors should have scored more with Croskell-Robinson creating some good openings.

Endmoor had their moments but were unable to find a finish and Milnthorpe continued to impose themselves onto the game.

They went further ahead with an own goal and sealed victory with a late winner to complete a comfortable night’s work for James Marshall's team.

Corinthians return to action when they host Hawcoat Park in a West Lancashire League Division One fixture while Endmoor host undefeated Appleby in the James Cropper Westmorland League Division One.