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Kendal Town
M Buchan (78')
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B Hodkinson (4', 43', 45'), G Lomax (72'), D Korie-Butler (75')
Sat 8 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 66

REPORT | Kendal Town 1-5 Widnes


Hodkinson hits hat-trick in five-star win

Ben Hodkinson hit a first half hat-trick as Widnes made it three successive league wins with a thumping 5-1 win at Kendal Town on Saturday.

Widnes were in total control at the break as Hodkinson stole the show, sending his side into a commanding 3-0 lead.

George Lomax and Dale Korie-Butler added further goals after the break, with Mark Buchan’s stunning reply for Kendal serving as barely a consolation.

Richie Mottram returned in goal as co-bosses Steve Akrigg and Kev Towey made two enforced changes to the side that beat Prescot Cables last time out.

Mottram replaced the ill Owen Wheeler, while Rob Bourne was handed a start in a midfield-three in place of the unavailable George Webster.

New signing Phil Mooney was named amongst the substitutes after his move from Skelmersdale United, but fellow new addition Alfons Fosu-Mensah wasn’t selected.

Hodkinson started the game in an unfamiliar role on the left of a front-three, with Akrigg and Towey’s tactical tweak making an almost immediate impact as Widnes took a fourth minute lead.

After Dale Korie-Butler won possession back 30 yards from goal, Bourne quickly fizzed a pass out to Hodkinson who did the rest, cutting inside and gliding past two defenders before drilling home the opening goal.

In very wet conditions in Cumbria, Widnes looked to control possession, but Kendal maintained a threat on the counter-attack with Akrigg recovering well to block a Scott Harries effort after Sam Sheen had a clearance charged down.

There was little to separate the two sides but Widnes’ pace down the channels with Hodkinson, Rhain Hellawell and the overlapping Jay Roberts continued to cause constant problems.

Michael Grogan should have made it 2-0 midway through the half, but he nodded off target and Hodkinson could only drag an effort wide moments later.

Kendal’s front-pairing of Harries and Kyle Sambor were proving to be a lively duo, with Sambor bringing a long-ball down brilliantly but Harries could only fire straight at Mottram.

Widnes added a second two minutes before the break. In a wonderfully-crafted move, Hellawell pulled off a sensational turn to engineer space down the right. The Chester-loanee drove a cross towards the back-post where Hodkinson was on-hand to finish at the back-post.

Hodkinson completed his hat-trick in first half stoppage time. The in-form frontman strode onto Danny Ventre’s delicious ball forward, beating the on-rushing Stuart Dixon to the ball with a superb first-touch, and walking the ball into the empty net.

Widnes are growing in confidence after a stuttering start to life in the Evo-Stik League Division One West, and they could have added a fourth following the restart, but Grogan was unable to direct Hellawell’s corner on target.

Kendal came close to a response moments later, but Sambor could only volley narrowly over after Billy Akrigg’s free-kick was headed back across goal.

With Widnes cruising to the three points, Chris and George Lomax were introduced from the bench, and it was the latter who would add the visitors’ fourth.

Mottram showcased his ever-impressive distribution as his goal-kick hit Lomax in stride who held off the challenge of Stuart McDonald to hit a half-volley first time into the far corner.

Lomax was impressive off the bench, and he again broke clear down the right in an incisive Widnes move, providing a sumptuous pass across goal that was finished neatly by Korie-Butler as the visitors made it 5-0.

Kendal would grab a consolation 11 minutes from time in some style, as Buchan hit a 25-yard rocket into the top corner with Mottram well-beaten.

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Key moments

Goal Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes
Goal Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes
Goal Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes
Goal George Lomax scores for Widnes
Goal Dale Korie-Butler scores for Widnes
Goal Mark Buchan scores for Kendal Town


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90:00 Player of the Match
Ben Hodkinson is awarded player of the match for Widnes
78:00 Goal 1 - 5
Mark Buchan scores for Kendal Town
76:00 Sub On
Kev Towey is substituted on for Widnes
76:00 Sub Off
Dale Korie-Butler is substituted off for Widnes
75:00 Goal 0 - 5
Dale Korie-Butler scores for Widnes
75:00 Assist
George Lomax makes an assist for Widnes
72:00 Goal 0 - 4
George Lomax scores for Widnes
72:00 Assist
Richie Mottram makes an assist for Widnes
68:00 Sub On
George Lomax is substituted on for Widnes
68:00 Sub Off
Ben Hodkinson is substituted off for Widnes
56:00 Sub Off
Rhain Hellawell is substituted off for Widnes
56:00 Sub On
Chris Lomax is substituted on for Widnes
46:00 Kickoff
Widnes kick off
End of period 1
45:00 Goal 0 - 3
Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes
45:00 Assist
Danny Ventre makes an assist for Widnes
43:00 Assist
Rhain Hellawell makes an assist for Widnes
43:00 Goal 0 - 2
Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes
4:00 Assist
Robert Bourne makes an assist for Widnes
4:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes
1:00 Kickoff
Kendal Town kick off
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Kendal Town
  • Widnes
  • 0
  • Robert Bourne Assist 4:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Goal 4:00'
  • Rhain Hellawell Assist 43:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Goal 43:00'
  • Danny Ventre Assist 45:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Goal 45:00'
  • Rhain Hellawell Sub Off 56:00'
  • Chris Lomax Sub On 56:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Sub Off 68:00'
  • George Lomax Sub On 68:00'
  • Richie Mottram Assist 72:00'
  • George Lomax Goal 72:00'
  • George Lomax Assist 75:00'
  • Dale Korie-Butler Goal 75:00'
  • Dale Korie-Butler Sub Off 76:00'
  • Kev Towey Sub On 76:00'
  • Mark Buchan Goal 78:00'

Team selection

Mottram, Richie Mottram, Richie
Roberts, Jay Roberts, Jay
Johnstone, Bram Johnstone, Bram
Hellawell, Rhain Hellawell, Rhain
Akrigg, Steve Akrigg, Steve
Sheen, Sam Sheen, Sam
Bourne, Robert Bourne, Robert
Ventre, Danny Ventre, Danny
Hodkinson, Ben Hodkinson, Ben
Grogan, Michael Grogan, Michael
Korie-Butler, Dale Korie-Butler, Dale
Kendal Town
  • 1. Stuart Dixon
  • 2. Daniel McGahan
  • 3. Matthew Clarke
  • 4. Billy Akrigg
  • 5. Stuart McDonald
  • 6. Jacob Davis
  • 7. Mark Buchan
  • 8. Martin Grundy
  • 9. Kyle Sambor
  • 10. Scott Harries
  • 11. Steve Yawson
  • 12. Max Brown
  • 13. Dan Shearwood
  • 14. Ben Thomas

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
10. Kidsgrove Athletic 38 58
11. Colwyn Bay 38 52
12. Widnes 38 51
13. Chasetown 38 46
14. Droylsden 38 43
15. Newcastle Town 38 40
16. Market Drayton Town 38 40

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