Alan Doyle is set to give the Kettering Town first-team squad another run out when they head to Wellingborough Town in the quarter-finals of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup tomorrow night (Tuesday).
The Poppies boss had previously said he wanted to use the fixture at the Dog & Duck as an opportunity to run the rule over potential new players.
But his new-look team were well beaten 3-0 at Arlesey Town at the weekend – a result that now leaves the crisis-stricken Poppies a massive 19 points from safety in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
With the off-field issues also showing no signs of being resolved as talks apparently continue between majority shareholder Imraan Ladak and a consortium interested in taking over the club, Doyle is trying to focus solely on the playing side of things.
Kettering are due to play a ‘home’ fixture against Bedworth United next weekend and while no deal has yet been reached, it is understood that game could take place at Corby Town’s Steel Park stadium on Sunday.
But Doyle is keen to give his team another run out against the Doughboys tomorrow evening and he is also hopeful of welcoming back Jamie Griffiths following a groin injury.
“All being well, we will have Jamie available for the game and that will be a bit of good news for us from the playing side of things,” Doyle said.
“I did want to have a look at a few trialists in the game but I think we will be sending the first-team squad now.
“There are things we need to work on after the weekend and I think another game will help the lads get that one out of their system.
“Our problem is that these boys are very young and maybe their performances against Redditch and Leamington made us forget their age.
“But we got what we deserved at the weekend, there could be no arguments.
“We need some men in our squad. But it is a matter of finding those and bringing them in. It is not easy in our circumstances.
“We were due to have a Conference striker coming in for the weekend. His manager and chairman told him to play but the player refused. That is what we are up against.”