New signing Craig Carney loses lucky charm tag but revels in chance to resurrect career at Kendal Town (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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New signing Craig Carney loses lucky charm tag but revels in chance to resurrect career at Kendal Town
HE was proving a lucky charm for the club until defeat against Ossett Town ruined new signing Craig Carney’s perfect record in Kendal colours.
The central midfielder joined Dave Foster’s side in February, premiering in victory at promotion hopefuls Farsley before playing his part in the Mintcakes’ next three wins.
Results of late have matched the club’s best sequence this season – Kendal enjoyed a four-game winning streak back in September when flying high in the league table.
And with Carney looking very much at home in the Kendal midfield, he insists the loss at Ingfield has not removed too much gloss from his Parkside Road start.
“I was looking at the fixtures before I signed and results were a bit up and down but we won four in four – you can’t really ask for a better start,” he said.
“I thought we were a bit unlucky against Ossett, I reckon our first-half performance warranted at least a point if not the win.
“We created chances but didn’t take them – it was a pity my shot which hit the bar didn’t go in as I’m still waiting to open my account.
“It’s very disappointing to lose but all in all I felt we played pretty well in difficult conditions.
“The defeat aside I’ve enjoyed my time at the club so far – it’s a decent side with a decent midfield.”
At the same time as Alex Kenyon and Alex Meaney were forging glowing reputations in Lancaster City’s engine room, so was Carney until injury struck.
He suffered a broken leg while playing in an English College FA fixture in November 2011 before spells at Bamber Bridge, Northwich Victoria and most latterly Squires Gate.
“I had a bad injury a few years back – it was a tough one and I was out for a while,” added Carney.
“It took a lot of hard work to get back for pre-season 2012 and the mental aspect of an injury like that can be difficult as well.
“I had a nail in my leg for the first 12 months and had that taken out in the January and had to wait for the wounds to heel.
“So really it’s just this season I’ve been up and running again properly and it’s good to be back. I enjoy playing at this standard of football and want to play as high as I can.”
With six games of the season remaining, Carney has designs on continuing his rehabilitation at Evo-Stik level while also helping Kendal to finish the campaign on a high.
“For me personally the rest of the season is about getting a feel for this level again and for the team as a whole it’s about building momentum,” he said.
“The aim is to get as many wins as we can and hopefully take that into the beginning of next season.”
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