Doyle: Poppies players must fight for their places

Action from Kettering Town's 1-0 defeat to Stourbridge at the weekend. Pictures by Kit Mallin
Action from Kettering Town's 1-0 defeat to Stourbridge at the weekend. Pictures by Kit Mallin
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Alan Doyle has told members of his Kettering Town squad that they can leave the club if they aren’t willing to fight for their place.

The Poppies boss has had a high turnover of players after being forced into a complete rebuilding job following the club’s well-documented financial problems.

Action from Kettering Town's 1-0 defeat to Stourbridge at the weekend. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Action from Kettering Town's 1-0 defeat to Stourbridge at the weekend. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Jason Turner’s debut in Saturday’s controversial 1-0 defeat to Stourbridge saw Kettering equal the record number of different players used in one season, the figure being 56, although that record will be comfortably broken in the next few weeks.

Doyle knows he won’t be able to keep everyone happy but he has urged them to fight for their spots and he also admitted he was happy to see midfielder Pat Noubissie return at the weekend.

“Pat is a good player, brings extra experience and that is what we need,” Doyle said.

“He is doing a course in London and it will make it difficult for him to make it for midweek matches. But we will certainly be seeing him on Saturdays.

Action from Kettering Town's 1-0 defeat to Stourbridge at the weekend. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Action from Kettering Town's 1-0 defeat to Stourbridge at the weekend. Pictures by Kit Mallin

“We have had an influx of players and there are one or two who aren’t happy so we might lose a couple soon.

“But you can’t pick them all and if they are not willing to fight for their shirt and their place then they can go. I have been in football too long to worry about things like that.”

The Poppies are due to play at AFC Totton in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division tomorrow (Tuesday) night but that game is already in doubt due to the weather.

And they are on the road again next weekend for another game against one of the top teams when they head to Cambridge City.

Doyle added: “We have to go to Cambridge next weekend. It is a tough run but you have to play all these sides. Hopefully we will get a bit of lady luck.

“I think we have to reflect on things positively and if you had said to me a few weeks ago that we would have over 500 people watching us give a high-flying team like Stourbridge a good game and only lose by a controversial decision then I would have been happy.”