Braces by Emma Collins and Paula Beach guided Kendal Town Ladies Development to a comfortable 4-0 home win over Barrow Celtic in the latest Cumbrian Women's League encounter.

Kendal, who continued to play a lot of young players, moved the ball around quickly from the start and retained plenty of possession against a resilient Barrow team.

The Mintcakes created lots of opportunities after Beach, Collins, Joanne Thompson and Heather Ramsay forced the visiting keeper into action.

However credit was due to Barrow, who defended well and did everything they could to gain a foothold in the game.

Kendal opened the scoring midway through the first half after Emma Collins finished the ball well from close range as the hosts went 1-0 up at the break.

The Mintcakes doubled their lead at the start of the second half when a quick attack saw Paula Beach slot the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Kendal probed and could have scored more goals, while debutant Heather McMillan fired the ball over the bar, before testing the visiting goalkeeper.

Paula Beach scored her second and Kendal's third with another well taken goal before Emma Collins completed the scoring as the former Preston North End player scored her second of the night.

After the game Kendal Town Ladies manager Dan Ross spoke of his delight with the result as well as the progression of his team.

He said: “I'm really pleased with how the younger players are starting to gel and grow in confidence. Our style of play is to try and move the ball quickly and retain possession and that was really evident.

"We dominated most of the game and should have scored a few more goals. When you consider that my squad had five players who are 18 or under, with three of those that are only 16 years old I was very pleased .

"We also had a new player in Heather McMillan, who made a return to football in what was her first game for four years. Heather put on a great performance and made some penetrating runs that had the Barrow defence on the backfoot.

"She set up at least one of the goals and was disappointed not to have scored herself. I must also give praise to the more experienced players in Sarah McCabe, Heather Ramsay, Joanne Thompson and Gemma Charlton they all did a great job supporting the younger players with lots of encouragement. They are really enjoying helping the younger players develop."