Kendal Town boss Steve Edmondson looks for happy away day outing at Padiham after FA Trophy positives (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Kendal Town boss Steve Edmondson looks for happy away day outing at Padiham after FA Trophy positives
PARKSIDE ROAD boss Steve Edmondson hopes Kendal’s FA Trophy clashes with AFC Fylde can act as momentum with attention now re-focusing on bread and butter league action.
The Mintcakes took the Evo-Stik League Premier Division high-flyers to a replay after a spirited draw at Kellamergh Park but came unstuck on Tuesday night as the Coaster flexed their muscle.
While accepting progress in the cup would have been welcome, Edmondson insists Saturday’s game at Padiham is crucial as Town look to improve their stuttering away form.
“We are very pleased to have performed how we have done over the two ties but it is imperative we carry those positives forward to Saturday,” he said.
“We have come unstuck at Bamber Bridge and Clitheroe so we need to go to Padiham and get something out of the game if we are going to challenge for a place in the top five.
“It would have been nice to play Rushall Olympic in the next round of the cup but the league is so important for the club as we have got to try and get promotion
“Getting through to the next round would have meant more money for the club but it wasn’t to be and we now revert to league action which is our main objective.”
Although Fylde created a number of chances in the original tie, Dave Challinor’s side required a second-half Matt Blinkhorn leveller to maintain their interest in the competition.
And while the replay went the distance after Maison McGeechan halved Kendal’s two-goal deficit, Edmondson was philosophical in defeat.
“In retrospect our chance went on Saturday but to be fair I think Fylde deserved it over the two ties,” he added.
“They’re not where they are for nothing, they are a very good side but at the same time we gifted them two goals during the replay through mistakes and not clearing our lines properly.
“Once we reorganised in the second-half I thought we matched them, competed and created some half-chances and sometimes they fall for you, sometimes not.
“But it’s been a great experience for us to see how much we’ve improved since last year against one of the top sides in the Premier Division.”
Of more pressing concern to Edmondson was the sight of top scorer Danny Mitchley limping off during the second-half and keeper Craig Dootson picking up a head injury.
The former Ambleside United manager remains confident both will be fit for Saturday’s game at the Arbories, while a new recruit will also come into the reckoning.
“Danny has twisted his ankle and Craig has a head injury after receiving a kick but hopefully both will be ok for the weekend,” he said.
“On the injury front, we’ve got Ricky Mercer and Warren Beattie out but we have Martyn Coleman available now, a striker we have just signed from Penrith.”
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