WITH half an eye already on next year and a potential title tilt, Kendal Town manager Dave Foster is urging his players to produce a strong end to the current campaign.
Kendal have ten games remaining and with fixtures against Curzon Ashton, Ramsbottom United and Lancaster City to come, the Mintcakes could crash the odd promotion party.
And rather than allow any resting on laurels, Foster is keen to bolster his squad before the season’s end should the appropriate players become available.
“We want to finish the season well and finish as high as we can,” he said.“I’m looking at performances and assessing the players.
“There are one or two places in the squad where we’re a bit thin and we’ll bring in as we need to. I’m having a good search around and asking questions all over.
“But it’s a simple thought process of taking each game as it comes – going out and getting into good habits and getting good patterns going.
“Nobody likes finishing a season where it fritters away. We have a lot of exciting things happening around the club at the minute and we want to make sure we can match that on the pitch.
“We aim to finish in a positive mood and put ourselves in good shape ahead of having a really good bash at it next year.”
One addition already through the Parkside Road door is former Lancaster City midfielder Craig Carney –signed from North West Counties Premier Division side Squires Gate after starting the season with Northwich Victoria.
“Craig has been on my radar for a while and he’s a lad I’ve tried to sign before – I thought he was fantastic on debut at Farsley,” added Foster.
“He is a good all-round midfielder and doesn’t mind getting stuck into a tackle – he talks, he organises and has good quality on the ball.
“And I think we’ve been missing a little bit of quality on the ball and that little bit of creativity and composure.
“He is someone I have brought in for the future. He has not played at this level for a while and will get better the more he plays.”
After imploring his side to get back to basics following defeat to Bamber Bridge, Kendal ended their seven-game winless run with an impressive victory at play-off chasing Farsley.
Only their fourth away win of the season, Foster believes this result shows the quality the Mintcakes possess but have failed to show on a regular enough basis.
“We have a squad capable of beating anyone and it’s a consistency thing – that’s part of the frustration,” he said. “Saturday’s win has been a long time coming and we’ve been close for a while.
“With the exception of one or two games it has been small margins and little mistakes which have punished us but we managed to get over the line at the weekend.
“The team talk was essentially pass to a black and white shirt, get tight to the nearest man, talk, organise and keep a good, basic shape.
“On the whole we did that and had enough quality to get two goals. I thought we thoroughly deserved