[K]endal United’s 2-1 loss to Ambleside United at Kendal last night has left Keswick 10 points clear at the top of Westmorland League Division I with 55 points, with a game in hand, a massive goal difference advantage and just 5 games to play – and if they win at Windermere SC this Thursday or Sedbergh Wanderers on Saturday.
The North Lakes team can’t be caught even if Kendal win all of their remaining four games, and Keswick will win the League championship in some style.
It’s all the more surprising as just three weeks ago we described the race as ‘neck and neck’ when both teams were on 43 points – but Kendal’s form has collapsed, beginning with a loss to 3-2 loss at home to Lunesdale Utd in early April, followed by draws with Sedbergh Wanderers and Ibis, and now with the loss to Ambleside they have earned just two points out of a possible twelve.
Keswick have meanwhile comfortably beaten Kendal County Reserves 3-0 at Frenchfield this weekend gone, narrowly beaten Ibis 1-0, comprehensively beaten fourth placed Kirkoswald 7-0 and thrashed Unisun 10-1 and Wetheriggs 8-0, all away from home, as well as picking up the Benevolent Trophy after beating Pirelli 3-0 in the final. Keswick are also in the final of the High Sheriff’s Cup – that match is against Wetheriggs United on Thursday May 12th at Penrith AFC’s ground at 18.45.
In other Division I mid week matches, on Monday night Sedbergh Wanderers drew with Windermere SC 1-1 and on Tuesday, Appleby moved up to third with a win 3-3 draw at Unisun as Kirksowald went down 2-3 at Wetheriggs.
In the Division II midweek matches, Dent came out on top with a 1 – 0 win over Greystoke and Staveley Utd also had a 1 – 0 home win over a flagging Braithwaite. Burneside went down 1 – 3 to Pirelli and the misfiring Carleton Banks lost 1 – 3 to third placed Coniston, who still have a number of games in hand over both of the teams above them in the League. Endmoor KGR came out 2 – 0 winners over Shap, and Kendal Utd Res had a 3 – 1 triumph over Wetheriggs Utd Res.
In Division III, Windermere SC Reserves drew 3 – 3 with Ullswater Utd, Appleby Reserves won out 3-0 over Dent Reserves, Ibis Reserves had a useful 4 – 2 win over the recently much improved Penrith Royal and Lunesdale Utd Res won out 2 – 1 against AFC Carlisle. But the battle for top spot remains between Eden Thistle and the fast catching Kirkoswald Reserves – who have now beaten the leaders twice in recent weeks, and face Burneside Reserves this Saturday and with games in hand they could still catch the leaders.