Penrith AFC Ladies title dreams where left is tatters after they failed to win their final league game at Kendal Town. And gone too were their promotion ambitions.
Manager Simon Savage described it as “heart wrenching” to miss out in this way. Penrith AFC Ladies must now regroup and regain their focus as they turn their attentions to the Womens County Cup Final.
Penrith always knew it would be a difficult task to gain the win they required at local rivals Kendal Town and so it proved. Kendal were happy to pack bodies behind the ball and on a poor playing surface with long grass Penrith found it difficult to pass the ball as they would wish too.
Penrith did dominate right from the start of the game and forced 3 corners in the first 10 mins all of which caused havoc in the Kendal area.
Kendals keeper then pushed the ball over the cross bar from a Nat Broad shot.
Broad and Sarah Smith combined to carve open the Kendal defence and Broad’s shot hit the post and rolled across the goal area to safety.
Kendal offered little as an attacking force throughout the first half.
Into the 2nd half Penrith turned up the tempo and took total control but Kendal responded by packing bodies behind the ball and proverbially “parked the bus”.
Penrith had their chances Broad, Smith and Hannah Coulthard all squandering good chances while both Broad and Coulthard hit the woodwork.
In the end, despite Penrith’s best efforts, it was not to be their day as Kendal hung on from a draw.