"Eastwood result means nothing if Kendal Town don't get anything from Grantham today" - Edmondson

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

KENDAL Town chief Steve Edmondson says his first victory in his second stint as manager last weekend means nothing unless his side can glean at least a point out of the Grantham Town game today.

The Lincolnshire side have lost nine out of their last 10 league games, with the only victory coming over bottom club Eastwood Town, and Edmondson wants to bring Grantham right into the relegation battle with a victory at the Gingerbreads.

Tom Williams, a player who operates just behind the forward line, has been snapped up from Chorley and looks set to feature in the squad for the outing to the South Kesteven Sports Stadium.

“It was great that we got our first points on the board because it was a very important game and we came through the test,” said Edmondson.

“Thanks to the six goals we scored our goal difference is now better than Stocksbridge Park Steels, but that result means nothing if we don’t get anything from Grantham and we really don’t want to lose that one.

“We need to come away from there with something, preferably three points. Last Saturday has now gone and we have to build on that, plus Grantham are dropping down the table so if we get three points it brings another club into the relegation battle.”

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He added that he was pleased with the debuts of left-sided players Callum Hoctor and James Short, signed from Prescot Cables and on loan from Morecambe respectively.

Meanwhile, the Black and Whites have progressed to the semi-final of the Co-Operative Lancashire FA Trophy after Southport pulled out of the competition.

Kendal are now just one game away from replicating last season’s run to Bolton Wanderers’ Reebok Stadium, where they lost to Chorley in 2012.

The Parkside Road outfit will take on AFC Fylde after they beat Marine in their quarter-final on Thursday, and the semi-final will be played at the Lancashire FA County Ground in Leyland.

The tie is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 19.

Edmondson said: “It’s a semi-final and it’ll give the lads something to go for to play at the Reebok Stadium.

“It’ll be tough but it’s a welcome distraction from the league and we will look forward to the game.”

Kendal’s home match against Witton Albion, originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, has been put back to Tuesday, April 16 because Witton are in Cheshire Cup action, which means Town have no midweek game next week.

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