Dave McNabb and his team will look to make it four wins on the bounce this weekend as we travel North into Cumbria to take on Kendal Town in a top-of-the-table clash.
This will be our second meeting with The Mintcakes this season and The Shakers will be looking to avenge a 3-2 loss in the reverse fixture back in August, a game in which Andy Briggs bagged a brace.
Briggs was back among the goals last weekend as were Connor Comber and Anton Smith as we put a good West Didsbury & Chorlton side to the sword in a match fraught with action including sin bins, red cards and penalties (both saved and scored)
You can see the highlights of that game below.
Following this week’s announcement of the points deduction, as well as the opening game of the season against Glossop is to be voided and replayed, it is now more important that ever that you get behind YOUR club. Be the twelfth man and roar your Shakers on.
Images courtesy of Jake Horrocks
In Opposition – Kendal Town
The present Club was originally formed as Netherfield AFC in 1919 when employees at K Shoes Netherfield factory were encouraged to form a football team. They were provided with land near the factory at Parkside and began to compete in local leagues. In 1925 the team achieved its first notable success winning the Westmorland County Cup.
The club then played in the local leagues like the North Lancashire and West Lancashire league before the outbreak of the Second World War.
In 1945 the club joined the semi-professional ranks becoming a member of the Lancashire Combination League. Two Championship Titles came their way in 1949 and 1965.
FA Cup success was quickly becoming a tradition having five appearances in eight years in the 1st Round of the FA Cup with the club’s best run in 1963/64 reaching the 2nd Round against Football League side Chesterfield.
In 1968 the club accepted the challenge of becoming a founder member of the Northern Premier League. However, the 1970s were not kind to Netherfield as they languished around the bottom of the Northern Premier League for most of the decade.
The Club moved in the North West Counties Division One for four seasons before returning to the Northern Premier League in 1987 for the next 10 years the club’s highest position was fifth in the 1993/94 season.
The club changed its name to Netherfield Kendal in 1998 and changed its name to Kendal Town in 2000.
In the 2004/05 season, the club lost in the NPL Division One play-off final against AFC Telford.
The season after was one of the most successful in the club’s history beating Gresley Rovers in the playoff final and the first ever promotion in the club’s history to the NPL Premier.
The club’s best two seasons in the NPL Premier where they secured two playoff places losing both semi-finals each time.
In the 2012/13 season the club where relegated back to the NPL Division 1. For the next 10 seasons, the club’s average position was 16th. In that time the club could only manage its highest position of 10th in the 2013/14 season.
The 2021/22 season was one of the worst in the club’s history. The club finished on 12 points and finished 19th and were relegated to the North West Counties Premier.
2022-23 saw the club return to the North West Counties league for the first time in over 30 years, the season was a season for the club to Stabilize finishing 12th, the highlight was taking over 100 fans to the Isle of Man and also reaching the Macron Cup semi-final.
Tickets – SOLD-OUT
Kendal Town processed ticket sales online and these are now all SOLD-OUT. If you do not have a ticket, it is strongly recommended that you do not travel to the game.
We were unable to manage the process of distribution of these tickets to season ticket holders / members as we normally do as our hosts managed the ticketing process. We endeavour to manage this process wherever possible, but were unable to do so on this occassion.
Travel & Parking
Address: Park Side Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7BL
Nearest train: Kendal (1 mile)
Driving: M6 leave at Jct 36, follow signs for Kendal, after the 2 shell garages take the exit Kendal South, at the first lights turn right, at roundabout take a left, turn right at lights near Travelodge and follow for 1/4 mile, the ground is on your right.
Parking: Kendal Town’s car park will be by reservation only. Kendal have 4 disabled spots that can be booked by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Alternative Car Parking**
Netherfield Cricket Club: £5 per spot and cash only. This facility has limited availability, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Travelodge at the end of Parkside Road is open to the public and costs around £5. Other public parking can be found in the town centre.
When parking locally to the ground, supporters attending the game are requested to be mindful of local residents. Please leave space for residents to access properties at all times.
Ground Facilities: There will be a food truck in the club’s car park. People leaving the stadium to access food will be stamped by private security and allowed back in. They will also be serving basic food within the stadium from the hut at the bottom of the ground.
Alcohol and soft drinks will be available from the club house. A can bar will be open to the left of the pitch, along with a limited amount of drinks from the hut at the bottom of the ground. Fans can use both cash and card in all areas of the stadium.
Dog-friendly stadium. Common sense should be used at all times, as they will be exceptionally busy.
Match Coverage & Live Stream
If you are unable to make the game, we’ll have all the live coverage across our media platforms.
Live Stream: For this game, we will have no live stream. Keep up-to-date with all our video content via the club’s YouTube Channel. Click to subscribe and never miss highlights and match reaction across the season.
Audio Commentary: Roch Valley Radio will be providing commentary for this game. Click here ahead of kick-off to listen live. Audio commentary will be provided for every game of the season, so you will never miss a piece of the action.
Social Media: Our team will also bring you in-depth text commentary via the club ‘MatchDay Live‘ Twitter feed, with team news and half time and full time updates available also on Facebook and feel like you are there with our match galleries and imagery available over on Instagram.
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Up the Shakers!