LADIES: Kendal 8 - 3 United

Match report from the ladies game

The Ladies made the short trip to Parkside Road for the first meeting of these two sides this season. Kendal have proved to be a bogey side for the Ladies in recent seasons and this trend continued as a depleted United side came off second best, Richard Mallinson writes.

United lined up without the injured Jenna Ullyart, Steph Wharton, Rosy Ryan and Kathryn Kelly and were also still without long term absentees Sophie Judge and Sarah Brennan. 

United started with a 4-5-1 formation to try to quell the threat of the home side who used the width of the pitch to their advantage. Kendal took the lead on 10 minutes when the forward spun her marker in the box and finished smartly from 10 yards. 

United were rocked and the lead was doubled on 14 minutes when some neat Kendal interplay found a forward in space who gave keeper Jen Graham no chance in the Carlisle goal. 

United began to grow into the game and created chances through Chelsie Browbank and Sharina Robinson however their efforts were thwarted by the Kendal goalkeeper.

On 20 minutes, Kendal scored a third when the dangerous Thompson got ahead of her marker and headed in. 

United continued to work hard to steady the ship and Browbank was again unlucky when she ran 60 yards and connected with a Gillian McGimpsey cross however her effort went into the side netting. 

United were aiming to get to half time with the score 3-0 to regroup however a scrappy fourth was scored right on half time.

Half time: Kendal Town Ladies 4 Carlisle United Ladies 0

After regrouping at the interval, United came out a different side putting the hosts on the back foot. United pulled a goal back on 48 minutes when a Browbank corner was flicked on by Mallinson and Phillipa Harmison finished with an almost identical goal as the previous week.

United continued to press however Kendal were able to increase their advantage with a couple of smart finishes where players had been allowed the room to shoot. 

United scored a further two goals; the goal of the game was when Sharina Robinson scored from the kick off following a Kendal goal, lobbing the Kendal keeper from within her own half! 

The third United goal came from Chelsie Browbank who worked well despite suffering from illness. 

Kendal scored in the late stages to round off a bad day at the office for Carlisle however the team will regroup and come back stronger next week at home to Leigh. 

Looking at the bigger picture, United have made a solid start to the season and currently find themselves in sixth position. The team is developing well and the new players have integrated well which is encouraging for the longer term.

Full time: Kendal Town Ladies 8 Carlisle United Ladies 3

United: Graham, Waller (Owen), Grieve, Smith, Mallin, McGimpsey, Adam, Robinson, Mallinson, Browbank, Harmison. Sub: Gannon.
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