Mintcakes boss Steve Edmondson searches for response in FA Trophy after Kendal Town's four-game winning run ends (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Mintcakes boss Steve Edmondson searches for response in FA Trophy after Kendal Town's four-game winning run ends
Kendal Town manager Steve Edmondson expects a reaction from his side when the Mintcakes host Farsley at the weekend as this season’s FA Trophy gets underday.
After extending their winning run to four games with victory over Clitheroe on Saturday, the Parkside Road outfit slipped to defeat against Bamber Bridge on Tuesday evening.
Having missed the opportunity to hit the division’s top spot, Edmondson is now turning his attentions to Saturday’s cup tie and the chance to swell the club’s coffers by £2500.
“The defeat at Bamber Bridge was a reality check and we have to get it out of our system as quickly as we can,” he said.
“We need to bounce back in the FA Trophy and go forward again, hopefully Saturday and the nature of cup football can be a welcome distraction.
“Four wins on the bounce was fantastic but we need to go and win another four now, it’s improtant to get everyone back together, reshape and get some money for the club.”
Despite Tuesday’s reverse at Irongate, Kendal remain third in the league table with 22 points from their opening 11 fixtures, trailing leaders Darlington 1883 and Curzon Ashton by a point.
And while Edmondson remains generally satisfied with the start his charges have made to the season, he concedes the manner of the loss at Bamber Bridge was disheartening.
“I was very disappoitned with the way we were beaten on Tuesday, we just got bullied from the first whistle to the last,” he added.
“Unfortunately we were never really in the game and got what we deserved, which is extremely disappointing, escpecialy after beating Clitheroe and extending our winning run.
“Two set pieces caused us problems, players switched off and did not pick up their men on the second ball but as I say it’s a reality check and we need to recover.”
Leading markman Danny Mitchley took his tally for campaign to double figures as he opened the scoring with an early strike against Paul Moore’s Clithere on Saturday.
The former Altrincham loanee was a notable absentee on Tuesday night with a hamstring strain, although Edmondson is confident his talisman will be back sooner rather than later.
“We missed Danny the other night and it showed, when your leading scorer is out you’re always likely to struggle,” he said.
“And not forgetting we’re also missing Jordan Connerton, our second top-scorer with five goals.
“I hope Danny is fit for Saturday, he certainly has a chance.”
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