DESPITE suffering defeat to Loughborough Students at the weekend, Kendal Ladies coach Jon Elleray believes his side are on course to hit their targets this season.

The league newcomers have four points from their opening five Investec Conference North fixtures with their only three-point haul coming against bottom side Boots last month.

Kendal currently sit seventh in the league table with Elleray keen to reinforce the view his charges need to keep pace with similarly placed teams in the division.

“I’ve set a target of nine points before Christmas and if we can achieve that goal it will set us up nicely for the second half of the season,” he said.

“I’ve talked to coaches of teams who have been promoted to this league previously and when Ben Rhydding came up two years ago they only had two points by that stage.

“And they stayed up last year with only 13 points so we’re not talking masses of points but we know it’s going to be tough against the better teams.

“We’re playing in our own mini league against sides towards the bottom of the table and it’s crucial we to pick up points against those teams.

“So far we’ve given a good account of ourselves, it’s just a case of turning performances into points but we’re getting there.”

Saturday’s defeat to Loughborough extended Kendal’s winless run to three matches, although Elleray insisted a share of spoils would not have flattered his side.

Third-placed Wakefield are due at Kirkbie Kendal School this weekend, with the 38-year-old keen for the club has a whole to continue their adaptation to this level of hockey.

“Nobody is overrunning us and Saturday followed that pattern, we were in the game and it was pretty even to be fair,” he added.

“Loughborough play in a similar way to ourselves but we panicked a bit at 1-1 in the second-half, lost our composure and stopped passing the ball.

“We had chances to draw level after falling behind but didn’t manage to take those, however we felt pretty positive about how we played and disappointed not to get a point.

“Wakefield are one of the better teams in the league and we know the games we need to take points from but we’re playing well and still finding our feet.”

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