Saturday, October 23, 2021

Jake Kenny: “It was ‘massive’ that we defended well.”

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Tom Beresford
Sports journalist. Non-League football reporter. YouTuber, presenter, podcast host. Previously heard on FiveLive and Love Sport Radio. Managed by Epic Sports Management
Trafford FC debutant Jake Kenny made it a debut to remember as the full-back found the net in Trafford’s 3-0 win over Bamber Bridge in the Emirates FA Cup. [Photo credit: Michael Nicklin]

Trafford FC full-back Jake Kenny was ‘impressive’ on debut on Saturday afternoon as the Whites enjoyed an emphatic 3-0 victory over Northern Premier League outfit Bamber Bridge in the Emirates FA Cup first qualifying round.

Kenny opened his Trafford FC account in the 23rd minute as the former Atherton Collieries full-back made an overlapping run to slot the ball home into the bottom right corner to gift Tom Baker’s side a 1-0 lead. Lewis Salmon made a run from his own half to place the ball into the right corner to send the hosts 2-0 ahead at the break, and then five minutes from time, substitute Dontai Gabidon sealed the win with a beautifully-struck effort.

Following his ‘dream’ debut, I caught up with the full-back minutes after the final whistle.

“I think it was ‘massive’ that we defended well”, admitted Kenny. “We knew that going forward, we were always going to get more chances. With the full-backs pushing on, getting into the box, and we made the most of it.”

Reflecting on his debut goal, Kenny added: “I don’t get many of them (goals). Four goals in six seasons, it’s all about getting bodies in the box, and we’ll get our chances.

“As full-backs, we got forward when we could, and caught them on the counter-attack. Overlapping and getting into the box is one of my key attributes, to be fair.”

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