Doyle: Kettering have no fear

Action from Kettering Town's 3-0 win over Bedford Town on Wednesday night. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Action from Kettering Town's 3-0 win over Bedford Town on Wednesday night. Pictures by Kit Mallin

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Alan Doyle insists Kettering Town will have no fear when they head to Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division leaders Hemel Hempstead Town tomorrow (Saturday).

The Poppies are enjoying a purple patch on the pitch in a season that has been dominated by off-field issues.

Action from Kettering Town's 3-0 win over Bedford Town on Wednesday night. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Action from Kettering Town's 3-0 win over Bedford Town on Wednesday night. Pictures by Kit Mallin

And while the wider problem of their long-term future currently remains unresolved with majority shareholder Imraan Ladak maintaining a deafening silence and the club still being tied to a lease at the unusable Nene Park, a revolution is under way on the field.

Kettering remain in deep trouble with 13 points now separating them from Hitchin Town, who sit third from bottom in the table.

But that gap had been as big as 20 points at one stage and four wins from their last five games, the latest being Wednesday’s superb 3-0 success over Bedford Town, have seen Doyle’s men enjoying a revival.

The manager, however, is not about to make any bold predictions but he insists he is not as fearful as he was when he first started putting a team together to get the club playing again after a month of no matches as the financial problems threatened to finish them completely.

Action from Kettering Town's 3-0 win over Bedford Town on Wednesday night. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Action from Kettering Town's 3-0 win over Bedford Town on Wednesday night. Pictures by Kit Mallin

“We certainly have no fear, that’s not how we play,” the Poppies boss said.

“It is a lot easier to be the manager when you have better players and that’s what we have now.

“I was fearful when we had a team with an average age of 19 when we first started out. But we don’t need to fear anyone now.

“Can we stay up? I don’t know. After what has happened to us in the last two months, I wouldn’t like to predict anything.

Action from Kettering Town's 3-0 win over Bedford Town on Wednesday night. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Action from Kettering Town's 3-0 win over Bedford Town on Wednesday night. Pictures by Kit Mallin

“We have got a horrendous January where we play all the top teams. We will just take it as it comes and that’s all we can do.

“We have to roll our sleeves up. We play the side at the top of the league on Saturday and let’s see how we get on.

“You need a bit of luck along the way and in the next month we play the top six. Are we up to that? We will find out.”

Doyle, meanwhile, was delighted with his team’s performance against Bedford as goals from Chris Logan, Joel Gyasi and Ben Ford completed a deserved win as well as just a third clean sheet in the league this season.

“I couldn’t even remember what a clean sheet was! But the back five deserved it and I thought Chris Logan, who sat in front of the four, was outstanding,” Doyle added.

“They all did so well and we look dangerous going forward. I didn’t expect us to win as comprehensively as we did and it was nice to see. That is four wins out of five for us now and it’s great.

“When you are winning, everything looks good. But football is a game that can bring you down quickly.

“So it is important not to get too carried away but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy this form we are in.”