Kendal Town vs Dunston FC - Match preview.
Dunston FC travel to Kendal Town this Saturday in The BetVictor Northern Premier North West Division. The two sides last met one another in December with Chris Swailes’ side winning 2-0 at The UTS Stadium courtesy of goals from Cedwyn Scott and a superb last minute free kick from Jake Stafford.
Kendal currently find themselves in a precarious position, just one place above bottom of the table Pickering Town. However "The Mintcakes" have managed to pick up 7 points from their last 3 games and have added a raft of new faces to their squad, as they look to pull themselves away from the lower end of the table.
Kallum Fawcett has recently joined from Barrow, whilst midfielder Brandon Lockett has joined on a 1 month loan from Salford City. Add this to the recent signings of Keighran Kerr, Michael Samson and Tom Stead, means Dunston are likely to face a different side to the one they played back in December.
Dunston have impressed in recent weeks and seem to have a settled formation and a healthy competition for places. Currently lying in 14th place, 3 points on Saturday could lift them up to 13th, but with games in hand, should they collect points from those games, they could find themselves just below the play off places.
Speaking to Dunston FC Captain Dan Halliday ahead of Saturdays game, he said "We will be going into the Kendal game full of confidence after the last few weeks of picking up some crucial points and beating the likes of Ramsbottom".
Defender Craig Scott, who continues to impress with his performances this season "Saturday’s game against Kendal is an important one"
"We were obviously very unlucky not to get a result against South Shields on Tuesday, but it’s done now and we need to re-focus our efforts on the league".
"We’ve been on good form recently, and must therefore treat the game in exactly the same way as we did against Shields. Kendal are below us in the league currently, but as we’ve seen throughout this season the standings make no difference".
"There’s a good atmosphere around the club and in the dressing room - there’s a lot of competition for places in the starting 11 which can only be a good thing. From my perspective, I’m just happy to be playing regardless of what position I’m in".
In regards to competition for places, one player who continues to push for a place in the starting XI is Niall Harrison. With Karl Dryden injured and the recent signing of Erno Bostyan, Harrison has pushed for the number 1 shirt with a string of impressive performances in recent weeks.
"The main aim is to get back to winning ways. Last Saturday wasn’t good enough, it was just one of those games. But we had to take the positives out of it which were we got a point and kept another clean sheet, which for myself is always a good thing"
"I think Tuesday we more than matched South Shields, and were probably the better side for large parts of the game"
"The lads are gutted we didn’t get the win but we can take a lot from that going into the weekend. If we can sustain that level of performance going forward, we will certainly pick up points and move up the league table"
Looking ahead to Saturdays game against Kendal Town the keeper said "From memory, they worked hard and kept the ball well. They created quite a few chances and on another day could of got something from the game. But defensively I think we’ve look solid as of late so we need to keep that going. That gives us the platform to play further up the field" Adding "It will be another tough game, but if we play like we have done of late, I don’t see why we cant get another 3 points".