KENDAL Town goalkeeper Craig Dootson has been announced as the club's new captain.

He will lead the side out for the trip to Gigg Lane as the Black and Whites take on FC United of Manchester on Tuesday night, weather permitting.

The match on Saturday at home to Eastwood Town, which was meant to be Steve Edmondson's first as the new manager, was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

Because of the distance to be travelled Eastwood needed an early decision, which was made at 9.30am on Saturday and proved to be accurate as the centre of the pitch and goalmouths were still frozen solid at 3pm.

Rather than leaving the new players unable to work together and build on their match fitness, Edmondson and assistant manager David Foster took the squad in the afternoon to the Low Wood Hotel, Windermere to use the tarmac slopes and indoor fitness centre for further training.

The players worked through a programme of mobility, strength, stamina training and used the gym and were welcomed and addressed about the club's goals before going on to relax in the pools and jacuzzi.

Applications are now being invited in writing to club secretary Craig Campbell to be the new reserve team manager.

The club feels the reserve team, which will be supervised by Foster until the new appointment is made, is particularly important as a means of seeing local amateur players progress through to Kendal Town’s semi-professional first team.

Existing or aspiring managers based in South Lakeland are encouraged to apply.