Chris Humphrey says his Kendal Town team ‘can take confidence’ from their 0-0 draw with Workington this past weekend.
Saturday’s stalemate saw the former Preston North End winger’s side survive a second-half onslaught to earn a first North Premier League point in the North West Division’s Cumbrian Derby.
Humphrey, just 33, has taken Town’s reigns this season after a spell back in Scotland with Gretna 2008 – the country in which he played most of his professional career – and even started for the Mintcakes at Parkside Road.
Speaking post-match, the number seven and manager was asked if he was pleased with the result and affirmed: “Yeah definitely, especially after our last two results.
“We’ve seen a work-in-progress over the last two games but last Saturday against Prescot Cables [a 2-0 defeat], we did say we were very good in the second half and we needed to take that into this game.
“I think the thing that is the hardest for us is to start games like we did today. We always start in the second half,” he told UCLan Live.
“So I said to the lads, if we start okay, we might have a chance.”
Visitors Workington were 10 points clear at the top of the table when the FA declared the 2019/20 season null and void in April.
Danny Grainger’s men, a player Humphrey often had battles with above the border in the SPL, dominated the game, something which wasn’t a surprise to the Kendal gaffer.
“Obviously, you can see how good they are. They created a lot of chances and were unfortunate for a lot of those through good saves, defending, blocking,” explained Humphrey. “They also missed some close chances.”
“Sometimes when God’s on your side, you can pull something out of the bag like that.”
A frustrating afternoon for @WorkingtonAFC and their supporters at Parkside Road, held to a 0-0 draw by @kendaltownfc. The Reds dominated the second half – but nothing went in as Town defended well, and 'keeper Morgan Bacon was superb @bbccumbriasport @RISC2015 @NonLeaguePaper pic.twitter.com/tiJuDVRHrF
— Ben Challis (@Sirbenchallis) September 26, 2020
Although it was just the solitary home point, it’s a good one for the youthful Town, who comprise of various loanees from higher-ranked sides such as Carlisle United trio Charlie Barnes, Charlie Birch, and Liam Lightfoot.
The benefits of the result were something their Jamaican-born player-boss recognised, stating: “For me, I know you don’t want a draw, but a draw is amazing for the young boys that are in there [the dressing room].
“They can take a lot of confidence from playing probably the best team in the league – they won it last season.
“We can take a lot of confidence from that and take it into the game on Tuesday.”
Humphrey’s Kendal will be looking for their first win of the season tomorrow evening, as they host City of Liverpool at Parkside Road while Workington welcome Trafford.
Humphrey [right] facing Manchester United for the Lilywhites at Deepdale in 2015