Steve Whitehead proud of his young Kendal charges as Hornets prepare to face Warrington (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Steve Whitehead proud of his young Kendal charges as Hornets prepare to face Warrington
A PHILOSOPHICAL Steve Whitehead is determined to look beyond the scoreline as Kendal’s away day blues continued with a heavy defeat at Birkenhead Park.
The black and ambers were without host of senior first-team players due to Richard Harryman’s wedding while injuries also took their toll on squad availability.
But despite leaving Merseyside for the second time this season on the wrong end of a hiding, Whitehead is adamant his young charges impressed in adversity.
“This game was hanging over us from the start of the season and in total we had 14 players absent for one reason or another,” he said.
“To be honest though I was quite looking forward to it, to see our strength in depth and sometimes in circumstances like that good things can happen.
“It was always going to be difficult against a team similar in ability to Wirral but the final result didn’t reflect the effort, courage and bravery the youngsters showed, which was incredible.
“In the end we scored two good tries and one of their coaches came over at full-time and was very complimentary of the lads and said how proud the club should be of them.”
Whitehead will have a more experienced pool of players to choose from this weekend as Kendal prepare to face Warrington at Mint Bridge.
But one man who will be absent from the fold for the foreseeable future is winger James Postlethwaite who suffered a dislocated shoulder in Saturday’s loss.
“We have a number of players returning for this weekend’s game and we’ll be back to business as usual in terms of team selection,” added Whitehead.
“But one or two from the Birkenhead Park game stuck their hand up and may get a second opportunity, we’ll see how we go.
“James has been doing really well so we’ll miss him but he’s upbeat, keen to get into rehab and get back playing as soon as possible.”
And the former open-side flanker believes the Warrington clash provides his side with the perfect opportunity to lay the foundations for the remainder of the campaign.
“Last week’s game robbed us of an opportunity to get some consistency into our play and generate some momentum,” he said.
“Saturday’s match will hopefully give us a platform on which we can build game by game.
“We now have a chance to knuckle down, develop our style of play and put a run of results together.”
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