Kettering Town manager Alan Doyle knows that only a significantly better performance will be good enough to take anything from the trip to Barwell tonight (Tuesday).
The Poppies travel to Leicestershire on the back of a 7-0 drubbing at Gosport at the weekend and the task won’t get any easier against a side who are hovering just under the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division play-off places.
And this combination of factors has Doyle entering the clash with a feeling of trepidation.
He said: “We’ll have to be a lot better than Saturday’s performance.
“They’re one of the better sides in the league and in Jamie Towers they have one of the best players.
“A week ago I’d have been a lot happier but after the weekend I don’t really know what to expect.”
Fielding a side desperately short of experience hasn’t helped matters, a fact that Doyle only too readily acknowledges, but he admitted that he is just glad to be able to have games to prepare for.
He added: “We’re getting new players in all the time and that means they only play for a time.
“Hopefully they are learning and that they will improve with every game they play.
“We’re doing the right thing and I’d rather it was this way than have no team at all which could well have been the case.”
There will be one new face in the ranks for this evening’s outing in the shape of Ben Ford.
The youngster, who played for the club last season, has joined on a month’s loan from Nuneaton and Doyle is hoping he can provide a bit of a spark.
“I watched ben last year against Wrexham and you could see that he had some ability,” he said.
“He can pass the ball and has bags of skill and I want him to bring a bit more professionalism to the team.”
One player who will be missing is Pat Noubissie who is unavailable.
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