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Flying start to the year for Ambleside

Ambleside started the new Cumbria League season with a bang, recording a magnificent 14-1 win against local rivals Kendal’s second team.

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Greens held at bay by Keswick 2s

Ambleside 1 vs 1 Keswick 2s

Missing several players, Ambleside came up against tough opponents in Keswick's second team but were left ruing missed chances.

Beaten 7-0 last time out against league leaders Carlisle, Ambleside were keen to bounce back with a good showing against Keswick. A much changed team started brightly, with the back four of Emma Houlihan, Amanda Faulkner, Ailsa Richardson and Megan Carradus solid at the back and giving Ambleside a strong base to play the ball forward from.

The Greens continued to build momentum throughout the first half, creating several chances. Both Polly and Roisin were unlucky to be thwarted by some excellent play by the Keswick goalkeeper.

Half time arguably came at a bad time for Ambleside and they were caught out soon after the break when Keswick bundled the ball pass the reach of Caroline Cropper in the Ambleside goal.

Despite the setback, the Greens continued to push for a equaliser, finally finding the breakthrough with a sensational goal by Lucy Dixon, who coolly lifted the ball high over the keeper and into the net.

Both teams continued to push forward and create opportunities, but ultimately the draw was a fair result.

Megan Carradus was voted player of the match for another strong performance, keeping

Ambleside continue to improve, playing good hockey and creating chances. They will be keen to make the most of them in their next match as they take on Keswick's first team at home next Saturday.

Super seconds fight back.

Penrith 2s 5 vs 6 Ambleside 2s

Ambleside's second team continue to make good progress in the Netherwood League, showing fantastic team spirit in a stunning comeback at Penrith.

Penrith were the stronger team out of the blocks, soaring to a 3-0 lead in the opening 15 minutes to leave the Greens shell-shocked.

The Greens however fought back well, working the ball round the pitch and came back in to the game through goals from April Barclay (3), Lucy Dixon (2) and Olivia Ormrod.

Ambleside will be looking to take that confidence forward in to the remainder of the season, starting with their game away against Carlisle this Sunday.

Positive signs at the start of the season

Despite an opening day loss against Kirkby Stephen, Ambleside showed a lot of promise and will be looking to build on that for the remainder of the year.

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​Ambleside battle back to secure a point

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.

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