Good defence deny Kendal a win
Last time Lancaster met Kendal, away, Lancaster had a bad game and lost out. Lancaster were determined this time to fight for their victory at Salt Ayre.
With Ciaran James working and Ben Walker and Zak Lamb in middle of their exams Lancaster brought in junior player Jordan Titley to join fellow junior team player Dean Akister.
The first three minutes of the game saw both teams defended strong as goals were denied by both teams but Michael Brown soon changed that and opened the scoring up with a top coroner shot from six meters out.
Kendal started their attack and Lancaster had a player excluded and Kendal came back with a goal to equalise . Just before the end of the quarter Sam Smith bounced the ball into the back of the net to take Lancaster back into the lead.
A quick goal from Kendal saw them bring the game back to a draw in the start of the second quarter but Lancaster quickly replied with a goal from Scott Sharpe. Kendal then had a player excluded and Lancaster moved the ball quickly around the arc and Noel Howson scored .Another later goal from Sam Smith took Lancaster into a 5 – 2 lead.
The third quarter saw a double exclusion one player from each side, but this did not stop Lancaster Lewis Peach counter attack down the pool and had time to move the goalkeeper before scoring his first goal for Lancaster.
Kendal replied with another goal and then Lancaster conceded a penalty. Kendal’s Great Britain junior captain lined up for the penalty but was denied it by a save from goalkeeper Zak Sly. Slack Lancaster defence saw Kendal not only score off the rebound but slot another goal away to bring them back into the game. The third quarter finished 6 -5 in Lancaster’s favour.
Lancaster was determined not to let this game go. The last quarter started off like the first,strong defence with some good pit defence from Robert Simpson and some good steals from Dean Akister in defence. Dan Fox made a quick counter attack and made a quick pass to Decland Ellwood in the pit to give Lancaster a two goal lead. Kendal hit back one more time and with just less than 30 seconds to go Lancaster kept hold of the ball and beat Kendal 7 – 6.
Lancaster is continuing to play junior players and are benefitting by the experience they are getting.
An interesting aside to the game was that Lancaster’s 2008 ASA winning Junior side consisted 4 players from the Kendal side and 4 players from the Lancaster side
Z. Sly, D. Akister, S. Sharpe, S. Smith, M. Brown, R. Simpson, D. Fox, N. Howson, D. Ellwood, L. Peach, J. Titley.