CARETAKER boss Steve Edmondson has appealed to Kendal Town fans to get behind the team in Saturday's crucial relegation showdown against Glossop North End.

A scratch team hastily assembled following the previous week's player exodus stormed to an incredible 4-2 victory at Market Drayton Town on Saturday, and Edmondson knows another win would take The Mintcakes above Glossop and out of the Evo-Stik League Division One West drop zone.

And he said his young side would get a huge boost from a home crowd roaring them on in Saturday's six pointer when they will be going all out to repeat last week's stunning success.

"I hope the fans can leave all the issues going on off the field out of it and just back the team," said the newly appointed Town boss.


"The lads had barely met before they took the field last week but they were just fantastic and the atmosphere in the dressing room after the game was incredible.

"A lot of them are young lads and many are from the area and I just hope they get the support they deserve on Saturday in what is a vital game."

The mass departure, which included first team manager Dave Foster, essentially meant when Edmondson and his assistant Craig Dootson took over the reins, the duo had just days to build a new team.

Yet after some frantic work and using an extensive network of contacts, they managed to pull a side together for the long trip to Shropshire.

The travelling Town fans probably feared the worst when The Mintcakes went two down within the opening nine minutes, but as soon as Aaron Helliwell pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, a revitalised Town never looked back.

"We had spell of pressure which led to the penalty, and once it went in, you could see the confidence growing and we just went on from there," said Edmondson.

But he knows they are far from out of the woods and Saturday's game against a Glossop side who are just one point and one place above them in the table has assumed massive importance.

"We've had Glossop watched and we are hoping the team will respond as they did last week, and I hope everyone will pull together and we can get a result," said the Town boss.

He said all the players who performed so well at Market Drayton last week should be available again both on Saturday and for next Tuesday's rearranged home league clash against Kidsgrove Athletic.

The quartet of non-contract captures reported in last week's Westmorland Gazette, namely Sope Awe, Brandon Lee, Ryan Moore and keeper Joao Mendes, were joined by ex-Preston North End man Thomas Stead and former Stalybridge player Elliot Cooke in that clash in Shropshire.

And significantly, there were a host of debutants with Cumbrian connections, including Cory Vickers, two goal hero Helliwell, Callum Fawcett, Daniel Towers and Jack Preston.

"I've always believed in local talent and it was great that so many took their chance last week and did so well," said Edmondson.

He added that the search for further additions to the squad was continuing and the club had served seven days on several players, though time was against the club in their efforts to get further deals over the line by Saturday.