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City of Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Kendal Town on Saturday, with Michael Ellison’s side left to rue an “off night” in difficult conditions.

The Purps came into the game in good form with three wins out of four games and a fledgling partnership between Josh Quarless and Jack Hazlehurst reaping rewards in the form of goals.

Michael Ellison’s side was missing Ryan Gibson, Nathan Burke, Shaun Kelly, Louis Isherwood and Freddie Potter through injury, but Jack Walls was fit enough for a place on the bench after coming off with a knock last weekend.

Ello also welcomed back defensive stalwart Ryan Schofield who took his place on the bench after a long period out injured, and Kai Shorrock started at right back after also returning to fitness.

The first half saw the Purps enjoy most of the possession but very few chances of note.

Josh Quarless flicked a header onto the roof of the net from close range, whilst Jack Hazlehurst saw a bobbling long-range effort well held by Kendal Town’s on-loan Preston North End goalkeeper Oliver Lombard.

The second period again saw City of Liverpool pressing for an opening, and the hosts saw Jay Murphy have a goal ruled out for offside early on.

The forward looked to have made a late run from deep and neatly slotted home acr0ss Lombard, but the flag was raised and the goal would not count.

At the other end, Sam Braithwaite fired a snapshot over the bar from inside the Purps box, whilst Jordan Scott had a golden chance to test Taberner from close range, but fired wastefully over.

Lombard then denied a bobbling effort from Josh Quarless before clawing out a fierce drive from Jay Murphy from the edge of the area after good work from Hazlehurst worked the opening.

Kendal defended valiantly, with the Purps continuing to enjoy much of the possession.

The hosts had two golden opportunities to finally open the scoring late on, but were left to rue missed chances to take all three points.

Firstly, Xenon Bahula raced down the right before dinking across the face of goal for the late-arriving Jay Edgar.

Lombard was scrambling and wouldn’t get there in time but the ball had just too much on it for Edgar, who fired agonisingly wide at the back post on the stretch.

The Purps had arguably the best opportunity of all with the very last kick of the game.

A deep corner from the left was met at the back post by a towering header from centreback Scott Lycett, but it flew into the side netting with the goal at his mercy.

FULL TIME: City of Liverpool 0-0 Kendal Town

City of Liverpool: Danny Taberner, Louis Corrigan (c), Kai Shorrock (Jack Walls 60’), Scott Lycett, Adam Hughes, Glenn Rule, Jay Edgar, Elliot Johnston, Josh Quarless, Jack Hazlehurst, Jay Murphy (Xenon Bahula 74’).

Subs not used: Zac Aley, Ryan Schofield, Ryan Brookfield.

Man of the Match: Jack Hazlehurst. The Purple Messi was lively throughout the match and was the creative spark as the Purps looked to find an opening.






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