Coach Jon Elleray buoyed by Kendal Ladies' start but seeks improvement ahead of Ben Rydding clash (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Coach Jon Elleray buoyed by Kendal Ladies' start but seeks improvement ahead of Ben Rydding clash
Kendal Ladies coach Jon Elleray believes the first two games of the season have reinforced the view his side can make their presence felt in their new surroundings.
After succumbing to Whitley Bay and Tynemouth in a closely-fought contest the week before, Kendal beat Boots on Saturday to record their first-ever Investec Conference North victory.
And Elleray, who has witnessed the club’s meteoric rise having taken over the managerial reins 17 years ago, insists this year is simply business as usual.
“Although we lost our opening game against Whitley Bay and Tynemouth, the performance was good and we feel they are likely to be one of the league’s top teams,” he said.
“Every time you get promoted you look to see if you can compete at your new level and that’s especially the case this year.
“In the past, every time we have gone into a different league we’ve really turned it on in the first few games and come to realise we are good enough.
“And from my point of view, we needed to treat it like any other year, get the first few games out of the way and get that first win under our belts.”
Although the campaign is only two games old, Kendal find themselves fifth in the league standings after returning from Nottingham with maximum points.
However, Elleray – who previously captained the men’s team at the club – was not completely satisfied with the performance from his charges, insisting there is room for improvement.
“There are no weak sides in this league but it’s crucial we put points on the board from games against teams unlikely to finish in the top half,” he added.
“Although we got the win on Saturday, we didn’t have the performance I would have liked to go with it.
“If we had played in anything like the manner we did the week before we would have put a lot more goals past Boots and won in more convincing fashion.
“We know we can play a lot better than that as we set ourselves high standards at this club.”
Attentions now turn to the weekend when Kendal host Ben Rhydding at Kirkbie Kendal School, with the 38-year-old eyeing a further three-point haul from the fixture.
“We know what we’re coming against this weekend as we played Ben Rhydding a few years back when they dropped down into the North Prem,” he said.
“We were the only team to beat them then and we’re confident we can repeat the feat and take something from this clash.”
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