A depleted Ambleside team showed great character to battle back from a 2 goal deficit to secure a point in a rainy encounter against Keswick.
Despite a solid start by both teams, it was Keswick who took an early lead from a short corner, adding a second after the break.
Ambleside fought back, however, with Lauren Wade, Lucy Dixon and Holly Strickland combining well up front to open up the Keswick defence. Their hard work was soon rewarded as a strong shot by Lucy beat the keeper, followed closely by a second when Holly was on hand to guide home the rebound off Lauren’s initial strike.
Keswick fought back, but were thwarted by a stubborn defensive display- and were even denied a late winner by the grill of keeper Holly Price’s helmet.
Ambleside will be particularly pleased at how their younger players stepped up to the plate in this match, and will look to build on recent performances in preparation for next season.
‘Derby Day’ Preview: Kendal 2s vs Ambleside
With a season of transition coming to a close, the ever improving Ambleside will be looking to end on a high and put more points on the board. They face tough opposition against the team placed 5th in the league, but, with local bragging rights are on the line, the Green will be looking to take the fight to their opponents. Ambleside will be particularly keen to avenge a heart breaking last minute defeat in the opposing fixture earlier in the season.
The Greens will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes on ‘Derby Day’ after two heavy defeats, with last week’s 7-0 defeat against Carlisle coming off the back of losing 10-0 to South Lakes the week previously. Although pitted against two of the best hockey teams in the league, the sudden leaking of goals is somewhat of a concern. Where the hockey being played is certainly more fluid, the Greens are still lacking that killer goal scoring instinct up front:
‘I think the problem is lack of goals on our part‘ states coach Amanda Faulkner, ‘we go behind, then everyone tries to push up the pitch, we lose shape and bang! We are two down!’
Kendal 2nds vs Ambleside is on Saturday, 6th February 2016 at Kirkbie Kendal School, 2.30pm push back.