Prescot Cables’ 2018-19 season finished with a Lloyd Dean winner away from home. So, after a summer of so much change, it was perhaps fitting that the 2019-20 season began with a Lloyd Dean winner, away from home.
A new season, yet another new league structure, new sponsors, new management team with new players, yet it was Cables talisman Dean who scored the only goal of the game.
With thirteen minutes gone, the ball came to Dean on the edge of the area after skipper James McCulloch had battled to keep possession. Dean took one touch to get the ball out of his feet, before hitting a low, left-footed finish which found the bottom corner of the Kendal goal.
Dean could have had a second goal five minutes later but the referee deemed McCulloch to have got the final touch on the ball from an offside position.
Former Kendal favourite Stephen Yawson was returning to his old stomping ground for the first time as a Cables player and produced an excellent performance. He and fellow new boy George Hassall produced several good chances to increase the lead for Prescot before half time but were unable to beat the Mintcakes keeper.
If the first half had been one of almost total Cables domination, the second half was much more of a battle. The home side grew into the game and seized upon the growing frustration and nerves within the Cables team as the elusive second goal continued to evade them.
Marcus Burgess, returning to Cables for his second spell at the club, produced a miraculous save on 85 minutes to keep the visitors’ lead intact. With the ball seemingly past him he somehow managed to claw the ball back off the line, allowing the recovering defender to clear the ball to safety.
A second goal for the Pesky Bulls almost came in injury time when the excellent Yawson drove into the Kendal area and squared the ball to the on running Dean who was unfortunate not to get the required touch that would have carried the ball into the net.