Keswick 3rds were the only Men’s team to play at home at the week-end when they lost a tight game with Ormskirk, 1-0.
A tremendous five match winning streak either side of Christmas had catapulted them into a strong promotion position.
However, recent events have cost them dear, losing their last two games and at home to their two nearest rivals at that!
This latest set-back came after a dour game with few clear cut chances for either team.
Both sides knew the importance of the clash and Keswick were looking to do the double over their rivals having won 3-1 in Lancashire back in October.
The first half ended goal-less and was a fair reflection of both sides performances. A plethora of errors, misplaced passes and poor tackles did nothing to excite the good crowd.
The second period continued in a similar vein again with poor fist touches to control from both sides and the longer the match went on it looked certain that one goal would inevitably decide this encounter.
Sure enough after 52 minutes it was the visitors who scored that goal.
A dubiously awarded penalty corner to Ormskirk resulted in rare well executed set piece to put the visitors in front.
Paul Randell worked tirelessly to instil some sort of endeavour in the team to gain an equaliser but to no avail and both goa keepers were rarely troubled throughout the game.
On Saturday Keswick 3rds travel to Stanley Park, Blackpool in an effort to get their season back on track. The team are still in the chase to finish second but much improved performances are required.
The clubs 1st and 2nd teams (not in action last week owing to their opponents dropping out of the league) rejoin the action with games against Blackburn and Bolton respectfully,
Also over the weekend Keswick Ladies 1st XI enjoyed a very good victory defeating Kendal 2s 4-1 to extend their excellent run of form whilst Keswick 2s lost 3-1 at Kirkby Stephen 2nds.
The Kirkby Stephen captain scored from their third short corner of the match after just five minutes.
Two short corners for Keswick could have produced an equalizer but Lizzie Chaplin-Brice and Grace Law’s efforts did not bear fruit.
Following more end to end play, the Kirkby captain managed to find a way through and score their second goal.
This did not dampen Keswick’s spirit and they had a very good spell when their efforts were finally rewarded with a strike from Emma Symonds which cut the deficit.
The Keswick defence was put under pressure at the start of the second half and keeper Heather Thomas had to produce some outstanding saves.
Kirkby Stephen also missed an open goal but they scored their third goal from another short corner to confirm the victory.
This was certainly a game of two very different halves and this Keswick side will make waves in the league if they continue to produce the determination and willpower they have shown over recent weeks.
Players of the Match were Jenny Hunter and Ella Lister.
This week-end the clubs two ladies sides both entertain opposition from Carlisle.
The action pictures in descending order feature Mikey Watson, Paul Randall and Ewan Styles.
Pictures PETER BRATLEY