Skem Beaten Back by the Wind

By Martin Stewart

Skem finished the year on a cold and blustery
night at home to a Kendal Town team that
had already beaten them twice this season.

The only change to the starting lineup from the
Boxing Day victory over Burscough was Dana
Amaral coming back in to replace Andy Shalom
in the number 9 shirt.

The strong, swirling winds made conditions
difficult for both teams, but having won the toss,
the visitors elected to play the first half with
the wind behind them and it suited their quick
frontmen perfectly.

After 7 mins Yasir Salim made a break down
the left and into the box but he couldn’t get a
meaningful shot away.

Six minutes later and Ben Barnes was called into
his first action of the night when a long throw
in from the right made it all the way into Bailey
standing near the penalty spot, his shot was
powerful but straight at the big man who saved
comfortably.

Another throw in just a few minutes later caused
similar problems in the Skem area and this time
Bailey’s shot was deflected for a corner.

United were struggling into the wind, but on
22 mins Omar Ibrahim, slalomed his way into
the box, exchanging passes with three of his
teammates. Sadly when he got sight of the
target he fired just wired.

Just after the half hour mark, Bailey again caused
problems when he robbed the ball from Nelson
Digbeu who was caught napping waiting for it to
drop. The Kendal number 9 strode confidently
into the box but fired his shot across goal from
a tight angle.

On 40 minutes, Yacin Amarzou played a lovely
ball through the channel into Mark Bollongino,
he got to the byline and then played it across
goal where Salim was waiting to guide it into
the far corner of the net. Skem were in the lead
just before the break and a good halfs work was
complete HT 1-0

With the wind now behind them United could be
confident of taking the game to their opponents.
10 minutes in and a big boot up the pitch from
Barnes landed at the feet of Amarzou in the
opposite penalty box, he adjusted well but shot
straight at Cheetham from 12 yards.

Chimbonda brought on Bamba Fall to replace
Dana Amaral and immediately switched to what
looked like a 4-2-4 system as Skem now looked
to bypass the midfield completely and get the
ball forward as early as possible.

The change in tactics seemed to hand the
momentum back to Kendal though as they were
now able to dominate in midfield and it wasn’t
long before they equalised. Ryan Winder made
an excellent run down the right and laid the ball
inside to Dickson who rifled it in from the edge
of the box.

Skem responded with a low effort from Ahmed
that Cheetham did well to save at full stretch,
but it was the last meaningful contribution from
the home side.

10 minutes after equalising, the visitors were
ahead when Yawson headed home from a
corner and three minutes later the contest was
over when a long ball over the top was finished
by Allington despite a strong suspicion of offside.

United huffed and puffed to try and get back into
the game but all their efforts came to nought
and in the 83rd minute Kendal sealed victory
when Dickson smashed his second of the match
towards goal. Barnes got a hand to it but it crept
in at the far post. FT 1-4

So three games against the same opponents had
yielded 3 goals scored and 13 conceded, three
matches lost all after Skem had led 1-0 too.
Thankfully they won’t have to cross paths again
this season.

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