Humphrey not down-hearted after heavy FA Cup loss PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Sunday, 13 September 2020

chris humphrey.pngKendal Town boss Chris Humphrey (pictured) is prepared to take it on the chin after his side crashed-out of the FA Cup yesterday.

The Mintcakes went down 5-0 at home to Bishop Auckland in the preliminary round of the competition.

They now have a free week to prepare for the opening game in NPL North West at Prescot Cables.

He told the Cumberland Echo: “I’m not down-hearted at all by the result because this is a very young squad of players mainly aged between 18 and 20 who are going to need  time.

“They haven’t been together long, and some have just come into the group within the last week, so they are still learning about each other.

“We have bought young lads in on loan from League clubs who are good, promising players that we want to develop. They will learn from this because come Tuesday when we train they will be up and raring to go again.

“There’s no doubt they would benefit from some experience in the team with them but I had a hamstring problem and couldn’t play. The budget we have means that we have to look for young players and that doesn’t concern me.

“I honestly believe they will improve as a group as the season goes on and keep learning. I’ve watched a tape of the game and although we pride ourselves on our fitness there are areas of the game where it’s wasted energy – but again it’s something they will learn from experience.”

It was only 1-0 at half-time and the Bishops keeper made a fine save to deny Liam Lightfoot who is on loan from Carlisle and had a good game.

“I thought Emil and Jacob showed promise up-front that they can develop into a decent partnership,” said Humphrey.

The Kendal manager expects to have a full squad for the trip to Prescot on Saturday but will need to check on central defender Mike Samson, who took a head knock against Bishops, and his own fitness.

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