New Ed master takes positives out of defeat

First published in Sport The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

KENDAL Town manager Steve Edmondson took a lot of positives out of his first game in charge of his new side.

He was disappointed that four of the Stafford goals came from errors by his side, but he was impressed with his team’s fitness levels and said that although it may take time for the squad to bed in, he remained confident that the Black and Whites would avoid relegation this term.

“There are plenty of positives about today,” Edmondson said.

“Four of their goals came about through defensive errors and they scored one good goal, so hopefully we’ll learn from our mistakes and not let them happen again.

“Twelve or 13 of these lads have no experience at this level so I thought they equipped themselves well today.

“I didn’t think the result was a fair reflection of the game but that’s football and you have to concentrate for 90 minutes and if you don’t, you get punished.

“It’s a new set of lads, Craig Dootson is like the granddad of the group, and it’ll be a hard season but if we learn from our mistakes we can avoid relegation.”

Sefton Gonzales has re-joined former club Bamber Bridge from Town this week, while Alex Randell emigrates to Australia in January so he will not play for Town again.

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With Craig Dootson the new captain at Parkside Road, Marc Joseph is also unlikely to return to the Black and Whites.

But Dean Overson has joined the club on a month’s loan from Bradford City, and the right back went straight into the side that lost to Stafford Rangers on Saturday.

The three Carlisle United youth players Tom Berwick, Brad Staunch and Alex Salmon are all vying to make their debuts for Saturday’s home tie against Rushall Olympic, but due to league rules only two of the three youngsters are allowed to feature.

Meanwhile, Kendal’s Lancashire FA Co-Operative Challenge Trophy match at home to Southport has been re-arranged for Tuesday, January 15.The game was supposed to have been played on Tuesday but it was called off when Southport drew with Stockport County in the FA Trophy last weekend, with the replay played midweek.

But Kendal’s players were not given the night off - they were put through their paces as the first and reserve teams played three 30 minute matches against each other at Parkside Road.

Town entertain Rushall Olympic today (Saturday) in Edmondson’s first home game in charge of the club.

After a terrific start to the season, Rushall have won only one league match since September and currently lie 14th in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

Then the Black and Whites face a trip to Kellamergh Park on Boxing Day to take on 12th-placed AFC Fylde, who Kendal drew with 2-2 in the reverse fixture at Parkside Road in August.

The Doodson Sport League Challenge Cup draw for the third round has also been made.

Town will travel to either Curzon Ashton on January 21 or Buscough on January 22.

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