Wire draw delight for Kendal Town boss Steve Edmondson after horror day in Ribble Valley (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Wire draw delight for Kendal Town boss Steve Edmondson after horror day in Ribble Valley
MINTCAKES boss Steve Edmondson insists the point his side earned against big-spending Warrington Town was fully deserved and helps erase the memory of Saturday’s disappointing loss at Clitheroe.
Following a Shawbridge horror show at the weekend, Kendal’s second-half fightback on Tuesday evening ensured a share of the spoils in a heavy-weight clash at the league’s summit.
And while Edmondson is satisfied with the result against Shaun Reid’s high-flyers, a tinge of disappointment remains that all three were not secured.
“It was good to get a point on the board after the Clitheroe match, especially against a Warrington side that are classed as one of the title favourites,” he said.
“However, in some senses it was possibly two lost considering the percentage of play we had and Craig Dootson not having a save to make. After gifting them a goal it was all us.
“But taking into account the budget they have compared to us we matched, if not bettered, them in every department, so it was a decent result.
“It’s our first draw in about 30 or 40 games and I was pleased for the lads especially with Ricky Mercer out.
“The level of performance was much better and the guys who came in, such as Maison McGeechan, did well.”
The clash was a feisty affair with a number of yellow cards shown while Wire skipper Craig Robinson received his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
Edmondson himself had to watch the second-half from the players’ tunnel after being sent to the stand by referee Bernard Law for dissent, something he regrets.
“I was wrong, simple as that, unfortunately I got wound up and shouldn’t have done,” he added.
“It’s my own fault, I apologise and will have to pay the fine but I’m a passionate person and it just boiled over.”
Attention now turns to Saturday’s FA Trophy First Qualifying Round tie at AFC Fylde, who currently sit second in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
With £2700 in prize money up for grabs, Edmondson is hoping for an away day tonic with the club’s form on the road at odds with results at Parkside Road.
“The away form is a concern and is terrible compared to our home form which could be down to how we’re setting up but we certainly have to improve,” he said.
“If we can replicate the commitment levels and tempo we showed against Warrington in upcoming away games and start cutting out silly results we’ll go a long way.
“It’s time to kick on now, Saturday is a massive game for the club and if we can get something it would be a huge bonus.
“If we perform like we did on Tuesday night we might be able to give them a shock.”
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