All systems go as Kendal Town manager Steve Edmondson praises his flexible squad (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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All systems go as Kendal Town manager Steve Edmondson praises his flexible squad
KENDAL TOWN boss Steve Edmondson is keen to highlight the depth and flexibility of his squad as his side prepare for a return to league action after tasting cup success last weekend.
The former Ambleside United manager made changes to both system and personnel as the Mintcakes fixed a date with Evo-Stik Premier Division high-flyers AFC Fylde in the FA Trophy First Qualifying Round.
Edmondson believes his new formation proved a success in the first-half against Farsley and was also chuffed to see one of his recent recruits among the goals.
“We had to do something after that dismal performance against Bamber Bridge and the new system worked well for 45 minutes against a good Farsley side,” he said.
“It was nice for Darren to get game time and for him to score a couple, it will do his confidence the world of good and hopefully other players can come in like that and do a job as we go on.
“That is exactly what happened on Saturday and that now gives us a selection problem for the matches against Clitheroe and Warrington Town.
“But that’s what we want, competition for places and if we can continue achieving that all over the park it’s good for the team and good for the club.”
The Parkside Road club raced into a three-goal half-time lead against the Yorkshire outfit before being pegged back in the second period and surviving a late onslaught.
And Edmondson was pleased with the resilience his side showed in the latter stages of the game and also thrilled to secure the £2500 prize money on offer.
“We had done all the work in the first 45 minutes but it certainly wasn’t comfortable towards the end and Farsley showed why they are a good side in our division,” he added.
“We knew they would be coming at us in the second-half and they came back strong, caused us a few problems and put us under pressure.
“They persevered with diagonal balls in the second period and took risks with the full-backs bombing forward and we shot ourselves in the foot a bit with bad errors creeping into our game.
“But some good defending late on saw us through and over the 90 minutes I thought we were worthy winners and I’m pleased to get through to the next round.
“The money side of things for the club is important and it will be a chance for us to go up against AFC Fylde and see how far we’ve come since we played them last year.”
Edmondson also reserved special praise for one of his more recent signings, as well as right-back Colin Watson who made his debut during the second-half.
“Ricky Mercer was immense at times, he is a good player at this level and that’s why we brought him to the club,” he said.
“It was good to get Colin on as well, he was at Mansfield and spent some time with Northwich Victoria but he’s been training with us for about a month and we’ve liked what we’ve seen.
“I also thought our midfield performed. Jack Smith did very well in the first-half, obviously the wing-back position is a tiring role and one that needs adapting to.
“It will do us good to have this week off, get some training done, familiarise ourselves with the new system and see where we go from there.”
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