[I]n a very tough encounter with local Kendal Town, Penrith AFC Ladies managed to grind out a hard fought victory to maintain their 100% league record.
Kendal started the game brightly however were not really threatening the Penrith goal. Penrith weathered the early pressure and were gradually earning their share of the possession. They were frequently switching play from wing to wing and dragging Kendal around the pitch.
On the 17th min Penrith took the lead after pressuring the Kendal defence and keeper into a mix up. This allowed Sophie Nutter to nick the ball and Sarah Smith rolled the ball into the empty net.
Penrith doubled their lead before half time when again the Kendal defence found itself under pressure and Kyra Walton broke through 2 tackles before rolling the ball into the net to score her first goal for the club.
Into the 2nd half Penrith continued to look dangerous but a crucial 3rd goal remained elusive. Kendal were growing in confidence and were pushing extra players forward as they tried to get back into the game. They came close to scoring in the 65th minute as Faye Armstrong’s shot beat the on rushing keeper but the ball hit the post.
The game swung decisively Penrith’s way in the 82nd min when Joanne Thompson handled in the area and Nat Broad scored from the penalty spot to make it 3-0.
Kendal got a late consolation goal also from a penalty.
Penrith go into the festive break with their 100% league record intact and are 2nd in the league table with games in hand.
Penrith : Lawson, J.Williams, Hinchliffe, C,Smith, Lorenzi, Hopton, Nutter(Broad), Coulthard, S.Smith , Scott(Glendinning), Walton(Brierley).