A battling friendly performance against Kirkby Stephen showed promise for a new era for Ambleside, despite the 7-0 scoreline in their opponent's favour.
Ambleside travelled to Kirkby Stephen on Saturday with an almost unrecognisable squad, with only two of the team having played last season. Always a tough prospect, especially against an organised Kirkby Stephen side, Ambleside immediately found themselves under pressure and faced a 5-0 deficit at half time. Despite this, the team did not let their heads drop and showed great spirit as they continued to work hard for each other, resulting a much improved second half showing. In the absence of players recently left for university, the younger generation stepped up and showed they had all the skill necessary to succeed at Cumbria League level, and will surely improve further with more playing time and confidence.
Coach Amanda Faulkner was pleased with the overall team performance: ''It's going to take time to gel...so we are building not for this season but for next!'' She was particularly pleased with the contribution not only of the junior players who stepped up to the plate, but also of the ladies who had come through the 'Back to Hockey' scheme. ''All in all we will get better as the season moves on'' before warning ''what we must do is not get down on ourselves when the results don't go our way.''
Ambleside will be looking to build on those positives today in their opening Cumbria League match, a tough prospect away against Penrith, push back at 2.45pm.