KENDAL were hit by a second league defeat after a rain soaked game against Bootle.

This was their second consecutive defeat in the league after a 4-2 loss at Parkside Road.

The Mintcakes who gave home debuts to five new players struggled against an inform opponent who were tenth in the table.

However, costly mistakes throughout the game saw the visitors capitalise on numerous occasions, especially during the first half after goals by Martyn Jackson and Tom Peterson saw Kendal 2-0 down at the break.

Kendal did respond at the start of the second half after Nicholas Hepple went clean through on goal before placing the ball past the keeper.

Bootle responded soon after when a mistake in the penalty area saw Peterson score his second before Matt Mc Donalds 74th minute strike sealed the win. Hepple scored a late consolation where he fired in a stunning free kick from 25 yards but with little time left Bootle eased their way to victory.

Kendal Town manager Warren Beattie made a raft of changes to the team after he gave a debut to former Widnes goal keeper James Mc Clenaghan who replaced Oliver Lombard, while Fleetwood loanee Akiel Raffie,

Scott Mc Donald and Nicholas Hepple all started with Nathan Cloudsdale also back involved.

And it was Kendal who started the better and were nearly 1-0 up after just 3 minutes when Nicholas Hepples close range effort on goal was scrambled of the line by the visiting defence.

Bootle opened the scoring on 6 minutes after Martyn Jacksons flying shot from 30 yards went past the keeper.

Jackson capitalised on a scuffed clearance by James Mc Clenaghan before firing his effort into the net from distance.

Bootle buoyed by the goal began to take control before they doubled their lead after 20 minutes when Henry Ogunby played through Tom Peterson who dinked the keeper as the ball fell into the net.

And the visitors controlled the remainder of the first half with Henry Ogunby denied by McClenaghan.

Kendal made an imposing start to the second half when Nicholas Hepple went clean through on gal before slotting the ball past the keeper.

However, Kendal was unable to build on that momentum as the mistakes returned inviting the visitors in on numerous occasions as the rain began to get heavier.

The visitors regained the ascendancy after 61 minutes when Tom Peterson rolled the ball into the net before Matty Mc Donald secured the points 13 minutes later where he fired home from close range.

Kendal did score a late consolation with Hepple firing in a 25-yard free kick on 87 minutes, before Bootle saw out the game to secure the win.