All change at local clubs as Close takes the reigns at Milnthorpe while Chambers leaves Kendal County

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

NEW Milnthorpe Corinthians manager Richard Close is looking forward to taking over the reigns at the club following his switch from Ambleside United.

Close said the club had the facilities to be a strong force in the West Lancashire League after a difficult season where they finished bottom of the pile with just 10 points claimed from their 28 games this campaign.

The new incumbent wants to develop players at the side, and has invited any local people to trial out for the club when Corinthians resume training on June 26.

He added that he thought the facilities at the club were second to none in the South Lakeland area, and that he was aiming for mid-table next season.

“We will need quite a few players and I want to develop them.

“This isn’t a quick fix - we’re looking at mid-table next season because we’re starting again and we want to bring the best players from the area here.

“This is the best club in the area for facilities in my view and they have a fanbase of a lot of people who are interested in how the club does - I’m really looking forward to this challenge.”

Ambleside are still looking for a new manager for next season.

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Meanwhile in Division Two of the West Lancashire League, Kendal County were smashed 9-1 in a one-sided game that could have been more.

County were 4-0 down after 15 minutes and could not get sorted.

The rest of the half was disappointing with County looking like the season was already over.

They started marginally better in second half but were 6-0 down straight away.

Kev Pickering got one back but that was the only joy as County went on to concede three more times in a poor performance in Dave Chambers last game as Kendal County manager.

The County manager was left disappointed but with seven players out and players playing out of position against a strong side he wanted the club to forget about the game and go for promotion next year.

He leaves the club with a great base for Neil Hayton and James Williams to take over and leaves with a Senior Cup in his final season.

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