Preston striker joins Kendal for FA Cup challenge PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Friday, 11 September 2020

holland wilkinson preston.pngKendal Town boss Chris Humphrey knows what to expect from tomorrow’s FA Cup opponents but believes his young squad will be ready.

The Mintcakes line-up against Bishop Auckland at Parkside Road in the preliminary round and Humphrey is prepared for the challenge.

“We have had them watched three times and have been sent a clip of them in action and are aware of what they are about.

“They are big and strong, so it will be a physical challenge but we will try and counter that with our extra speed and fitness. I am sure it’s going to be an intriguing Cup-tie,” he said.

Humphrey has a squad of 19 to pick from and it includes 17-year-old striker Jacob Holland-Wilkinson (pictured) who has joined on loan from the manager’s old club Preston North End.

“He  played the whole 90 minutes in Tuesday’s final friendly with Lancaster City and I Iiked what I saw. He looked sharp and I was particularly pleased with how he shaped-up alongside Emil (Jaaskelainen).

“We lost 3-0 but Lancaster looked good and there were still pluses to come out of the game for us. We’ve had plenty of games in pre-season and I’m happy with how we are shaping-up.

“I think we are all looking forward to the start of the new season and of course the FA Cup gives us added incentive,” said Humphrey.

Holland-Wilkinson joined the club’s Academy at Under-14’s level on the recommendation of the father of fellow second year scholar, Joe Rodwell-Grant!

The Bury-born forward enjoyed a lethal campaign in front of goal in 2019/20 which included a stunning volley at Deepdale in the FA Youth Cup win over Bristol City last December.

He is among Preston’s second years to have featured in bounce games alongside first team players.

There are no replays in the early rounds of the Cup and if it’s all square at 90 minutes the tie will be decided on penalties without any extra time.

Bishops have played three competitive games so far and have still to score a goal from open play.

They scored a late penalty at home to Hall Road Rangers to win 1-0 in their extra-preliminary round FA Cup-tie.

That has been followed by two 1-0 defeats in the Northern League – at home to Northallerton and away to Newcastle Benfield.


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