Ambleside started the new Cumbria League season with a bang, recording a magnificent 14-1 win against local rivals Kendal’s second team.
Ambleside worked well from the off, with a bright start rewarded almost immediately when April Barclay got on the end of a cross that had beaten the Kendal goalkeeper. The greens continued to press on, with Jess Young and Donna Robinson adding another two goals in quick succession from a couple of well taken penalty corners.
Donna was a particular thorn in Kendal’s side, carrying the ball well and driving the team forward in a succession of attacks.
The continued pressure from the greens was soon rewarded with two more goals, this time from youngster Maddie Townson, who read the game well and on both occasions placed herself perfectly on the back post to finish off two well placed crosses. Donna and Jess then quickly added their second goals of the game, a strong strike from the edge of the D from Donna taking Ambleside to 6-0 up and Jess adding the 7th soon after. April Barclay also added her second goal of the game, a tap in past the keeper taking Ambleside to 8-0 at half time.
The second half started just as brightly for the greens, with Rio Knowles adding her name to the score sheet, a well-deserved reward for a strong showing in midfield. Ambleside continued to pile on the pressure, with Holly Strickland and Amanda Faulkner adding their names to the score sheet to take the greens in to double figures, before Jess Young completed her hat trick. Amanda added a second when her deflected shot looped up over the goalkeeper, before April capped off her afternoon with another typical poacher’s goal to seal her hattrick.
Ambleside were undone by Kendal’s determination to fight to the end, which was rewarded with a consolation goal from a penalty corner from Molly Thwaites, but will be pleased with a fantastic all round team performance and will look to take that confidence on to their next game against Kirkby Lonsdale. Rio Knowles was voted players' player for a dominant showing in midfield, picking straight up from where she left off last season.