IT WAS a case of one in one out at Kendal Town this week as the club welcomed striker Joe Bunney into the fold but lost the services of winger Danny Williams.
Former England Under 17 and Under 18 man Bunney arrived from Lancaster City and impressed in his debut in the 4-2 defeat against Whitby Town, scoring a 40-yard screamer that was deserving of being on the winning side.
Town manager Lee Ashcroft said of Bunney: “It was a wonder goal and that’s what the lad can do.
“He was unlucky not to come away with two or three goals. He’s a bright spark and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
But Ashcroft will have to do without Williams for the rest of the season as he was loaned to Blue Square Bet North league leaders Chester FC for the rest of the campaign.
Chairman Haydon Munslow said Chester had made a number of approaches for Williams for two months, and with the winger harbouring ambitions of playing professional football, Munslow felt that he could not stand in the way of the player’s ambitions.
He said: “We are sorry to lose Danny out of the team but we also have to think about his ambitions.
“We all wish Danny well and hope he does well with this new opportunity.”
Munslow added that the move was not based on Kendal’s finances.
Williams is still on the books of Kendal Town, and should it not work out for the former Clitheroe and FC United of Manchester man at Chester the winger, who can also play at left back, will return to the Black and Whites next season.
Saturday sees Kendal’s crucial run of league fixtures against teams around them in the Evo-Stik Premier Division continue as they travel to basement club Ilkeston FC in Nottinghamshire.
Alex Randell starts a four game ban and defender Paul Alexander is suspended for two.
Defenders Jack Duggan and striker Josh Kenworthy are still a couple of weeks away from returning, and with Jordan Tucker only managing a spot on the bench against Whitby, the Black and Whites are down to the bare bones for this weekend’s tie.
A revenge mission could be on the cards for Tuesday night’s Lancashire FA Co-Operative Challenge Trophy match as Kendal Town entertain Chorley in a repeat of last year’s final.
While Kendal may have hoped for an easier second round draw, the Black and Whites have an opportunity to get their own back after they lost 2-1 to Chorley at Bolton Wanderers’ Reebok Stadium in March.
Kendal’s trip to FC United of Manchester has been re-arranged for Tuesday, December 11.
The tie at Gigg Lane was originally due to be played on Tuesday, October 16 but had to be called off because League One side Bury were playing Carlisle United in a league game at the stadium.
Meanwhile Kendal Town are hosting a race night at the Ivy Leaf Club on Kent Street, Kendal on Friday, November 23.
Tickets cost £3 per person and can be bought by calling Graham O’Callaghan on 07742 926398 or Craig Campbell on 07980 660428, or for more information go to www.kendaltown.com.