Evo Stik League Division 1 North
Kendal Town 3-0 Mossley
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.