Davis wants a League return with Kettering

Sol Davis believes he can find a route back into the Football League with Kettering Town.

The experienced left-back was manager Lee Harper's first summer signing after enjoying a successful loan stint with the Poppies last season.

Davis featured in the first half of last night's opening pre-season friendly against Northampton Town as the Cobblers ran out 1-0 winners thanks to Kevin Thornton's first-half strike.

The 30-year-old's temporary stay at the Elgood's Arena last season was his first experience of life outside the Football League.

And he insists he would never have come back for a permanent move if he didn't believe there was a chance of getting back in there.

"I enjoyed my time here last season," Davis said.

"I got on well with the lads and I know the manager well. When he rang me and invited me down it was the first offer I had.

"I had a chat and agreed the terms and that was it. It all happened quickly.

"I am stepping out of the Football League but that's not a problem

because I think we have a chance of getting in there.

"I want to get back into it and with the players we have here, I believe we have an opportunity to do well.

"Everyone seems to be getting on really well with each other, which is a good sign.

"I am sure there will be one or two more to come and we will be giving it a right go."

Poppies boss Harper used 21 players in last night's opener against his former club with new signing Luke Graham being the only one to complete 90 minutes.

Moses Ashikodi missed the game as he recovers from knee surgery earlier in the summer while Jean-Paul Marna was unavailble as he is due to get

married shortly.

Alex Dyer featured against his old club in the first half as he is on trial with the Poppies while former Rushden & Diamonds winger Tyrone Berry was also involved.

Brett Solkhon turned in a decent performance in midfield after the break as his permanent return to the club draws closer and it proved to be a good early run-out for Harper's men as the Cobblers sealed their

second successive win in pre-season.

And Davis believes further clashes with League One sides Charlton

Athletic (Saturday) and MK Dons (Tuesday) during the build-up will only be good for the Poppies.

"It's a case of so far so good for pre-season," he added.

"We have had some hard sessions and now we are looking forward to getting a few more games under our belts.

"The main thing we are looking for out of the friendlies is fitness and it helps when you are playing teams from a higher level.

"It's always a good challenge and it will give us an idea of where we are for the start of the season."