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Kendal Town
C Ready (14', 66'), C Lomax (89')
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R Moore (76')
Sat 27 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 91

REPORT | Widnes 3-1 Kendal Town


Widnes end season with third successive win

Widnes ended their debut Evo-Stik League West campaign with a comfortable 3-1 win over second-bottom Kendal Town.

Hosts’ co-boss Kev Towey criticised his side’s application after the game in which Widnes rarely reached second gear against a Kendal side lacking any meaningful quality.

Conor Ready opened the scoring on the 14-minute mark before adding his second midway through the second half as Widnes established a comfortable 2-0 lead.

Ryan Moore pulled a goal back for Kendal, but substitute Chris Lomax made sure of the points for Widnes with a third late on.

Joint-managers Towey and Steve Akrigg made five changes to the side that won at Runcorn Linnets last time out – a result that secured a 12th place finish in Widnes’ maiden Evo-Stik season.

Phil Mooney, George Webster, Michael Grogan, Finlay Sinclair-Smith and Lomax all dropped to the bench as Joe Herbert, Harry Brazel, Ben Hodkinson and Niall Watson all earned recalls, while Brendan O’Brien was handed his first Widnes start.

Widnes made a positive start and had the ball in the net within four minutes when Ready turned home from Hodkinson’s cross, but the hosts were denied by the linesman on the far side who flagged for offside.

Shaun Holden was next to close, driving a powerful effort inches wide of the upright with Kendal goalkeeper Murray O’Rourke beaten.

Less than two minutes later, Widnes went in front. Sam Sheen won possession back from a Kendal corner and quickly launched a counter-attack. Watson lifted a pass through to Ready who advanced clear of the visiting defence and tucked home the opener via a Tom Routledge deflection.

The hosts upped the intensity and could have added an immediate second, but Hodkinson had an effort well saved by O’Rourke, before Holden hit a half-volley into the grateful gloves of the goalkeeper moments later.

It was one-way traffic as Widnes continued to press as Ready was inches away from a second as he couldn’t quite get on the end of Hodkinson’s cutback after good work by Holden.

Kendal, who finished the season second-bottom but were handed a relegation reprieve after Colwyn Bay’s resignation, created a couple of decent openings late in the half but Cory Vickers and Matthew Knipe both blazed off target.

Widnes were perhaps guilty of going through the motions, and they had Richie Mottram to thank for preserving their lead early in the second half as he saved well from Knipe who had been played in behind.

Webster was introduced from the bench as Widnes went in search of a second, and it almost came on the hour-mark but O’Rourke was again equal to the efforts of Hodkinson.

The crucial second goal came six minutes later. It was Webster who provided the assist, splitting the Kendal defence with a well-weighted pass through to Ready, who applied a composed finish to the left of O’Rourke.

Ready was almost gifted a hat-trick moments later as he intercepted a loose backpass but Thomas Stead reacted quickly to make a crucial block.

Sinclair-Smith and Lomax were then brought off the bench, but Kendal were afforded an opportunity to halve Widnes’ advantage when the visitors were awarded a penalty.

Moore went down under the challenge of Mike Burke and picked himself up to take the spot-kick himself, only to be denied by Mottram but the Kendal man tucked home the rebound to give his side hope of a result.

It wasn’t to be forthcoming, and Widnes really should have put the game to bed 10 minutes from time when substitute Lomax raced clear only to make a mess of his effort when one-on-one with O’Rourke, rolling his shot off target when it was easier to hit the target.

Lomax cut a determined figure off the bench, and he looked to have added a third only to be denied by an instinctive O’Rourke save after the winger latched on to a Sinclair-Smith cross.

Five minutes later, Lomax got his goal. Watson threaded a pass through to Ready who unselfishly squared to his teammate, who tapped home into an empty net to score his second goal of the season.

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Key moments

Goal Conor Ready scores for Widnes
Goal Conor Ready scores for Widnes
Goal Ryan Moore scores for Kendal Town
Goal Chris Lomax scores for Widnes

Videos and photos

GALLERY | Widnes v Kendal Town
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90:00 Player of the Match
Conor Ready is awarded player of the match for Widnes
89:00 Assist
Conor Ready makes an assist for Widnes
89:00 Goal 3 - 1
Chris Lomax scores for Widnes
83:00 Yellow Card
George Webster is yellow carded for Widnes
76:00 Goal 2 - 1
Ryan Moore scores for Kendal Town
76:00 Saved Penalty
Richie Mottram saves a penalty for Widnes
72:00 Sub On
Chris Lomax is substituted on for Widnes
72:00 Sub Off
Sam Sheen is substituted off for Widnes
67:00 Sub On
Finlay Sinclair-Smith is substituted on for Widnes
67:00 Sub Off
Ben Hodkinson is substituted off for Widnes
66:00 Assist
George Webster makes an assist for Widnes
66:00 Goal 2 - 0
Conor Ready scores for Widnes
56:00 Sub Off
Brendan O'Brien is substituted off for Widnes
56:00 Sub On
George Webster is substituted on for Widnes
46:00 Kickoff
Kendal Town kick off
End of period 1
14:00 Assist
Niall Watson makes an assist for Widnes
14:00 Goal 1 - 0
Conor Ready scores for Widnes
1:00 Kickoff
Widnes kick off
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Widnes
  • Kendal Town
  • 0
  • Niall Watson Assist 14:00'
  • Conor Ready Goal 14:00'
  • Brendan O'Brien Sub Off 56:00'
  • George Webster Sub On 56:00'
  • George Webster Assist 66:00'
  • Conor Ready Goal 66:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Sub Off 67:00'
  • Finlay Sinclair-Smith Sub On 67:00'
  • Sam Sheen Sub Off 72:00'
  • Chris Lomax Sub On 72:00'
  • Richie Mottram Saved Penalty 76:00'
  • Ryan Moore Goal 76:00'
  • George Webster Yellow Card 83:00'
  • Conor Ready Assist 89:00'
  • Chris Lomax Goal 89:00'

Team selection

Mottram, Richie Mottram, Richie
Roberts, Jay Roberts, Jay
Holden, Shaun Holden, Shaun
Ready, Conor Ready, Conor
Burke, Mike Burke, Mike
Herbert, Joe Herbert, Joe
O'Brien, Brendan O'Brien, Brendan
Sheen, Sam Sheen, Sam
Watson, Niall Watson, Niall
Brazel, Harry Brazel, Harry
Hodkinson, Ben Hodkinson, Ben
Kendal Town
  • 1. Murray O'Rourke
  • 2. Tom Routledge
  • 3. Matthew Knipe
  • 4. Cory Vickers
  • 5. Callum Fawcett
  • 6. Thomas Stead
  • 7. Joseph Dickson
  • 8. Lewis Wainwright
  • 9. Daniel Keenan
  • 10. Mosopeoluwa Awe
  • 11. Ryan Moore
  • 12. Alex Bateson
  • 13. Matt Thompson
  • 14. Michael Hodgson

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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