After Saturday’s disappointment in the FA Cup, league action returns to Gigg Lane on Tuesday night as Kendal Town are the visitors for our first competitive game under the lights.
Charnock Richard were the victors at the weekend. Goals from Connor Comber and Jack Tinning gave Bury a two-nil lead, scoring at the beginning of each half. Injuries to both centre-backs, Niall Battersby and Jack Tinning, early in the second-half led to a defensive re-shuffle before Greens top-scorer Jordan Darr scored just before the hour mark to peg a goal back for the hosts.
Luke Power slammed home a second with eight minutes remaining, and with the tie looking to be heading to a replay, the aforementioned Power slotted home the winner with a back-post header in the fifth minute of added time to send Charnock into today’s draw. We caught up with gaffer, Andy Welsh after a disappointing afternoon at Mossie Park – watch below:
Onto Tuesday night, the visiting Mintcakes have started the season like a train after finishing their first year back down in the Counties in 12th last season. The only blot on the card in the league so far was an amazing 4-4 draw at Barnoldswick last week, with Town leading both 3-0 and 4-1 before being pegged back by a remarkable second half effort from Barlick.
Other than that, it has been a clean sweep of league wins for the Cumbria-based outfit, dispatching AFC Liverpool, Longridge, Padiham, Litherland and lately against Pilkington on Saturday.
They sit top going into the game, and who doesn’t love an early-season top-of-the-table clash? Get on down to Gigg Lane this week and experience a night under the Gigg Lane lights. Full information available below.
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 & Admission
General sale tickets are available for the South Stand ONLY, plus hospitality for the Main Stand. We recommend purchasing a ticket ahead of the game to allow us to plan appropriately in the ground.
Prices*: £10 adult, £5 16-18, £3 Under 16s & Free for Under 5s.
1885 Suite: £40* per ticket
* plus booking fees
Season Ticket Holders: We have recognised the requests from some season ticket holders who wish to be sat in the Main Stand, instead of the currently allocated South Stand. General sale tickets for the Main Stand are not available on Tuesday evening and the first 250 season ticket holders who wish to watch from the Main Stand, can do so by admission of the turnstile.
On the Day & In the Ground
Travel: Gigg Lane is accessible by car and is well served by public transport, please see our page on the TfGM website, which advises the best travel routes to the stadium. Directions can be sourced via Google Maps below.
SatNav Postcode: BL9 9HR
Parking: Our new car-park policy for the upcoming season is now in force.
Due to the limited space within the car park at Gigg Lane, it is reserved for the following:
- Team Playing Staff and Management
- Match and Competition Officials
- Club Staff and volunteers transporting matchday equipment
- Members of the 1885 Suite
- Blue Badge Holders
If you have a blue badge or mobility issues please email the club secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org at least TWO days before the game. Blue Badge holders shall be prioritised for a parking space.
Entrance to the car park is strictly controlled and includes the areas within and in front of the fenced area. Please contact the Club Secretary with any other related queries.
There is on-street parking in the residential areas surrounding Gigg Lane, with supporters reminded to be respectful and considerate of the local residents at all times, as well as being mindful of and adhering to the parking permit measures in place in close proximity to the ground.
Stadium Entry: Gates will open at 6:30pm.
Our matchday volunteers will be on hand, both outside the turnstiles and inside the ground, to guide supporters to where they need to be. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask those who are there to help the day.
Food / Drink: Our new catering partner, Quirky Catering, will be operating the kiosks this weekend and throughout the season, and are accessible for supporters under the stands. A selection of hot and cold snacks will be available. Alcohol will be sold, and can be consumed anywhere in the stand. Please respect the advice from stewards on managing this process on the day.
Matchday Programme: You can purchase a programme online now, to collect at the merchandise stall tomorrow afternoon or head to the sellers in and around the ground ahead of the game at the price of £3.
Pound for the Ground: Our ‘Pound for the Ground’ half-time raffle tickets will be on sale in and around the ground, £1 per entry. Sellers accept cash or card, with 40% of the total pot going to the winning ticket with results announced over the PA system and on the scoreboard.
Keep #GiggGleaming: With so much work gone into Gigg Lane to get us to this point, we want to keep it that way and a lot of work goes into turning the ground around between games each weekend. We have a team of volunteers lined up to clean the stands following the game.
With this in mind, we urge all supporters to make sure any rubbish is processed in the correct manner, using the available bins where necessary, or if possible please take any rubbish away with you.
Designated Smoking Areas: Supporters are not allowed to smoke / vape anywhere within the stands at Gigg Lane. Designated areas are set aside to do this, follow guidance from stewards on this and only smoke / vape within these areas.
#NonLeagueDogs: For now, dogs are NOT permitted in the ground.
Match Coverage & Live Stream
If you are unable to make it to the action at Gigg Lane, we’ll have all the live coverage across our media platforms.
Live Stream: A pay-per-view Live Stream will be available, click on ‘Live Stream’ at the top of the homepage to access the game from the comfort of your own home, live from just after 7.30pm.
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Audio Commentary: Roch Valley Radio will be providing commentary for this game. Join the team from the press box at Gigg Lane. 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 score-line updates available also on Facebook and feel like you are there with our match galleries and imagery available over on Instagram.
Whatever the weather, wherever you are across the globe, we have you covered.
Up the Shakers!