BACK us and we will come good, Kendal Town boss Steve Edmondson has vowed.

As the Mintcakes’ first competitive game of what is set to be a testing campaign is soon to get under way this weekend, manager Edmondson said the team’s spirit had so far been “incredible” and has asked for patience from the fans.

“The atmosphere in the club is fantastic so far and the players will hopefully carry this forward in their matches,” he said.

“There has been a drastic change to the team and our supporters will have to bear with us and be patient. There will be rough days ahead and we will have our ups and downs but we can pull through.”

Town, who finished second from bottom in the league after winning just four games throughout the whole of last season, will be hoping to get off to a good start in the financially lucrative FA Cup tie against West Yorkshire’s Hemsworth this weekend. The winners will receive £2,500 and a place in the next round as well as a trip away to one of the Sunderland teams.

The new-look Kendal will be playing this Saturday at 3pm in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary round.

However Hemsworth, who ply their trade in The Northern Counties East Premier Division, have already started their league season and go into the game on the back of a 2-1 victory against Grimsby Borough.

Kendal Town’s boss admitted that Hemsworth were a very good team.

He said: ”It will be a tough match but our players are up for it and should hopefully pull us through.”

Edmondson, who was appointed as permanent manager during the off season following his stint as caretaker at the back end of last season, has brought in a raft of new players, including former Barrow player Nathan Reid, as well as Lewis Wainwright, who used to play for Blackpool.

Other players to join are Tom Heywood, Patrick Allington, Nathan Cloudsdale, Christian Sloan, Kier Hetherington and Sean Paterson.

“I’m very happy with our players,” continued the manager,

“They bring character to the club and the team spirit has just been fantastic.

“This fresh side will help us move forward this season.

“The players are able to hold their own and they are an absolute credit to the team.”

Former Vickerstown striker Danny Keenan, who joined during the second half of last season, remains at the club along with former Morecambe Reserve Team shot stopper Murray O Rourke, Dan Ashton, Alex Bateson, Aiden Pearson and Joseph Dickson.

The club has also put together a new reserve team for the first time and they will play their home games on Thursday night.

Off the field Kendal announced that Kia Rayrigg Motors from Windermere would be the new shirt sponsors for the 2019 campaign.

Kendal start their league campaign on Saturday, August 17 where they host Prescot Cables before they travel to play AFC Liverpool on Tuesday, August 20.