Dean is pleased with Poppies’ preparations

Action from the Poppies' 2-0 home defeat to Rotherham United at Nene Park
Action from the Poppies' 2-0 home defeat to Rotherham United at Nene Park

Dean Greygoose was pleased with what he saw from Kettering Town as they rounded off their pre-season programme with a 2-0 home defeat to Rotherham United.

The new-look Poppies produced a decent display and missed a first-half penalty before the Millers scored twice in the final six minutes to seal their victory.

Manager John Beck used almost two different teams for each half at Nene Park and he looks to continue the recruitment process.

But with just a few days to go until the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division opener at Weymouth, assistant-manager Greygoose was pleased with the display.

“I thought it was very good, it was a great workout for the guys,” Greygoose said.

“Hopefully people can see the progress of the team has been steady.

“There were some good performances out there.

“But the thing that pleased me the most was that both halves were good.

“We are starting to get a situation where everyone is fighting for a position in the team. No-one has got a divine right to play and there is competition for places right through the squad.

“I thought it was even in the first half and they had some good players on show and it made it hard for us.

“We had some good chances and we missed the penalty. But we created the opportunities and that was pleasing.”

Greygoose, meanwhile, expects more signings to be done soon as he and Beck continue the task of building a new squad virtually from scratch.

“There will be more signings to come,” Greygoose added.

“It is difficult to say who they will be right now because there will be some on non-contract and a couple of loans as well.

“But there were a few on show against Rotherham that we will be talking to.”

Midfielder Jamie Griffiths missed the game with what Greygoose described as “a slight knock” but he is expected to be fit for Saturday’s clash.