Kendal Ladies put up a spirited display against second placed Bowdon despite losing 5-3 in a wet and windy game played at Queen Katherine School.

Visiting side Bowdon dominated the first half however a strong second period from Kendal restored some pride for a very young team who continue to show their improvement.

The visitors controlled the first half and were 1-0 up after just four minutes following a well worked move which saw Cath Thompson score.

Kendal battled and tried to cause problems against a strong Bowdon defence, but the visitors had the better control and went 2-0 up from a penalty corner which Maddie Goodman flicked into the net.

Bowdon went onto score the third on the stroke of half time after Alice Maxwell Reid finished off a well worked move before scoring past Ruth Sealey in the Kendal goal.

Kendal battled back during the second half and got back into the game from a penalty flick which Vicky Whalley Jones scored. The comeback proved to be short lived, however, as Goodman scored her second.

Whalley Jones registered again to give Kendal hope, but it wasn’t long before Goodman completed her hat-trick. Nicola Hartley scored a late consolation for the hosts, before Bowdon held out to secure the win.

Kendal travel to Morpeth on Saturday.