Mintcakes enjoy comfortable victory over ten men Mossley

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Evo Stik League Division 1 North

Kendal Town 3-0 Mossley

Poole 17

Dudley 23,77

Kendal Town had a comfortable victory over a struggling Mossley side yesterday at Parkside Road. Matt Poole took the lead for the hosts seventeen minutes in, with a well placed header into the bottom left on the end of Sam Bailey’s cross before fellow striker Matt Dudley got a brace – including a particularly stunning finish in the 77th minute.

It was a relatively slow start to the game, with no notable chances in the opening fifteen minutes. The first bit of a real action came in the seventeenth minute when Kendal took the lead. Sam Bailey made a great run on the right-hand side, putting a great ball in towards Matt Poole – who headed past Will Jones in the bottom left corner.

Six minutes later, Poole’s fellow striker Matt Dudley doubled Kendal’s lead. Mossley failed to clear their lines, and they paid the price as Josh Draycott held the ball well before giving the ball to Dudley who buried the ball in the bottom left corner.

The Mintcakes had much of the play and in the 29th minute they almost made it three as Matt Poole played a good ball to the incoming full back Dan Thomas, but he could only hit the ball over the bar.

Five minutes later, there was more drama. Mossley forward Mitchell Bryant was sent off after an off the ball incident which saw him allegedly headbutt a Kendal player.

Kendal almost instantly capitalised on their one-man advantage with Matt Poole finding himself through on goal, but he could only shoot wide.

Mossley’s first real chance of the game came in the 40th minute when Matt Burke’s shot went over.

Kendal keeper Will Kitchen found himself busy on the brink of half time, as Liam Ellis had a shot saved by Kitchen to his left and then he had a header tipped over. Kendal led 2-0 at half time.

In the second half, the hosts sat back and Mossley had a series of chances – making a brighter start to the second half. Liam Ellis had three chances in quick succession for the home side, with his first not really troubling Kitchen in the 49th minute, before going just wide in the 51st and then shooting into the side netting three minutes later.

Tom Pratt came close for the away side in the 72nd minute forcing a save from Kitchen from close range, before his rebound went into the side-netting.

Despite Mossley’s dominance for much of the second half, Kendal managed to get a third goal in the 77th minute. Matt Dudley was on the receiving end of a good ball on the left-hand side before cutting in and striking the ball into the top-right corner in what was a sublime finish.

Ten minutes later, Mossley did get a penalty however. What happened though, summed up their day. Matt Burke stepped up to take the penalty, but it was saved easily by Will Kitchen to his right.

Burke came close to getting a consolation in the fourth minute of added time, but it went just over onto the top netting.

Kendal and Mossley remain in 11th and 20th place following the game, with Mossley needing just a point from their final two games to secure survival. Up next for the Mintcakes is Lancaster City away from home on Monday, whilst Mossley face Glossop North End at home.

Kendal Town: Kitchen 8, Freeland 7, Wardle 7, McDonald 7 (c), Thomas 7, Grundy 7, S Bailey 8, C Bailey 7, Draycott 7 (Hocor 60), Dudley 9, Poole 7 (Aspin 64).

Sub ratings: Hocor 6, Aspin 7.

Booked: McDonald, Grundy, Dudley, Poole.

Sub not used: McGahon.

Mossley: Jones 6, Henson 5, Dean 5 (c), Johnson 6, Scullion 4 (Byrnes 66), Ali 6, Burke 5, Pratt 6, Hill 6 (Harrison 58), Bryant 4, Ellis 7 (Duffy 82).

Sub ratings: Byrnes 6, Harrison 6, Duffy n/a

Booked: Henson, Dean, Johnson, Burke, Pratt.

Sent off: Bryant

Subs not used: Flynn, Quansah.

Attendance: 130


Dolly Blues take three points on cold December afternoon


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Lancaster City 1-0 Hyde United

Carney 77

Lancaster City enhanced their promotion credentials today as they got past Hyde United, in what was a scrappy game. Craig Carney scored the only goal of the game, getting the ball in the box unmarked and firing at goal with the help of a Hyde defender on the way in.

The home side had a promising start to the game with Simon Wills latching onto the end of a good ball from Gregory, only for his shot to be go straight at the keeper four minutes in.

In spite of the Dolly Blues’ good start, Phil Brown’s side were really there for the taking as the looked weak at the back.

It was Hyde United who had the majority of the chances in the first half but they didn’t take them well.

The away side had a very good chance in the 21st minute, and it should’ve gone in. Big Khamsuk pounced on Westwood’s defensive mistake, and his pass beat the keeper but Bishop’s shot was prevented by a vital stop from Wills.

Hyde came close again in the 30th minute with some good attacking play. Dan Pilkington had an impressive volley but it went just wide, with City looking shaky at the back.

Lancaster’s best chance of the first half came in the 36th minute when Ryan Winder headed onto the top netting, after a good ball in from the right. Ricky Mercer had a free header from a corner shortly afterwards, but his attempt went just wide.

To be brutally honest, it was a poor first half in all fairness- and the scoreline certainly reflected this: 0-0 at half time.

Hyde’s only chance of the second half came in the 55th minute when Andy Bishop’s volley forced Mike Hale into a good diving save to his left.

Lancaster really upped their game in the second half, and took control of it. They looked stronger at the back, and Hyde paid the price for their missed chances in the first half.

Ryan Winder hit the ball just over the bar in the 67th minute following some good work on the left-hand side by Adam Sumner, and then ten minutes later Phil Brown’s men were in front. Substitute Oliver Crolla did very well on the left flank to get past his man and he played an immaculate ball to Craig Carney in plenty of space- whose shot beat the keeper with the help of a Hyde defender.

Carney could’ve put the game to bed in the 86th minute, with some good ball control but his attempt went just wide.

There were moments of nervousness towards the end as Hyde looked for an equaliser, but they didn’t really get past the back line and Lancaster deserved the win in the end.

The win means that the Dolly Blues move up to second place, two points off the top and with five games in hand on league leaders Scarborough. Up next for Lancaster is Ramsbottom United away from home on Tuesday night.

Lancaster City: Hale, Wills, Westwood, Mercer(c), Sumner, Gregory (Crolla 63), Carney, Akrigg, Winder, Waters (Hudson 56) Mayers.

Booked: Craig Carney

Subs not used: Raybould, Clark, Henry.

Hyde United: Saunders, Harrison, Jones(c), Coates, Heathcote, Burke (Branker 90), Pilkington, Dempsey (Bevins 81), Lipka, Khamsuk (Boyle 81), Bishop.

Subs not used: Haydock and Ellison.

Attendance: 203