Nothing to fear: Skipper Nic Martindale backing Kendal to shine in Conference (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Nothing to fear: Skipper Nic Martindale backing Kendal to shine in Conference
AS Kendal prepare to hit the road this weekend, proud skipper Nic Martindale insists there is nothing for her side to fear this season but fear itself.
The league newcomers opened their Investec Conference North campaign with a narrow 3-2 defeat to Whitley Bay and Tynemouth at Kirkbie Kendal School on Saturday.
But Martindale believes there was enough quality on show within the Kendal ranks to suggest a productive campaign may lie ahead.
“There was definitely nothing in the clash to scare us and we can take a lot of confidence from the performance,” she said.
“Whitley Bay and Tynemouth consistently finish towards the top of the table so we knew it would be a tough contest but we matched them and were unlucky not to come away with something.
“The levels of competiveness shown by the team were impressive and we weren’t phased by anything, working well from the front right through to defence.
“We’re still learning but hopefully we can build on the positives from the game and take that into future fixtures.
“It bodes well going forward but we need to push on from here.”
Martindale knows the club inside out after representing Kendal for more than a decade and witnessing their rise from the Netherwood League to their current level.
But after suffering injury in the club’s final warm-up game of pre-season, she was unavailable as her colleagues took their first steps into the unknown.
And the novelty factor remains this weekend as Kendal Ladies head to Nottinghamshire ahead of an encounter with Boots Ladies, with the 28-year-old focused on victory.
“We’ve had a bit of travelling in the past and a few of the journeys this year are going to be longer than we’ve been used to,” she added.
“But putting in a performance after travelling is something we are going to have to think about and adapt to.
“Boots are a newly-promoted team as well so, realistically, if we have visions of staying up this season it’s a game we really need to win.
“Everything is still an unknown at the minute, we don’t know how they set-up and play as a team for instance.
“But the aim is to limit mistakes and put some points on the board.”
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