OFFICIALS of Kendal Town are set to meet the club's supporters' group in a move it is hoped will help heal the turmoil which has dogged the relegation haunted club.

There was dismay when Monday's long awaited meeting between Town's management committee and the fans was cancelled at the eleventh hour by the club, which cited concerns for the safety of officials.

But a member of Kendal Town Independent Supporters' Club told The Westmorland Gazette they had subsequently been contacted by the club which had indicated it was willing to meet the group with a view to discussing a way of working together to take the club forward, with discussions to set a date for the meeting due in the next few days.

The news is a welcoming one for the faithful after another week of worrying developments at the troubled club, which saw a mass player exodus a fortnight ago and growing discontent among fans at the current regime.

Just hours before the scheduled meeting at the stadium on Monday, Kendal Town issued a statement advising that the event would not be going ahead, citing safety concerns and advising that the decision had been made "against the backdrop of physical threats to its volunteers and members."

Cumbria Police said they had not been contacted with regard to any specific threats but confirmed that they had received reports of damage to a car on Parkside Road, where the club's stadium lies, on February 2.

KTISC issued a statement this week saying they were "totally against any threats against anyone connected with Kendal Town FC and in the ethos of Kendal Town being a family friendly club," and in the same message made an offer to work with under fire chairman George Gudgeon to "bring in the help and investment needed" at the club.

Mr Gudgeon then issued a comprehensive statement yesterday, Wednesday, in which he expressed his disappointment at the cancellation of Monday's meeting and then went on to explain the reasons for his rejection of a takeover bid by a consortium fronted by Michael O'Neill, who has also led two previous bids to take control of Kendal Town.

He added that the club would view any future potential proposals to take over the running of the club "with an open mind" provided the correct protocol was followed.

And the news that the club now appears willing to enter into a dialogue with KTISC indicates a period of better relations between the club and its fans may be dawning.

However, some sections of the club's support remain unhappy with the present set up and one supporter said while a planned protest march from the centre of town to the club prior to Saturday's home league game against Glossop had been cancelled "after taking police advice," the fans, who are not connected to KTISC, still intended to make a protest against the current regime outside the stadium before the match.