Logan and Poppies ready to “fight” for elevation

James Clifton is congratulated by Steve Kinniburgh after scoring Kettering's second goal in the 3-2 win at North Greenford United on Saturday. Pictures by Peter Short
James Clifton is congratulated by Steve Kinniburgh after scoring Kettering's second goal in the 3-2 win at North Greenford United on Saturday. Pictures by Peter Short

Chris Logan insists Kettering Town are ready to “fight” for promotion as they gear up for tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s Calor League Division One Central play-off semi-final with Daventry Town at Latimer Park.

The Poppies secured third place and a home tie with their Northamptonshire rivals thanks to a 3-2 success at North Greenford United in the final game of the regular season on Saturday.

North Greenford v Kettering Town

North Greenford v Kettering Town

Kettering have already enjoyed two wins over Daventry in the league, the latest of which was on Easter Monday in front of over 1,200 fans at Latimer Park.

But midfielder Logan insists what has happened before means little now as the two teams get ready to battle it out for a place in next Monday’s final, which will be against either Rugby Town or Slough Town, who also meet in the other semi-final tomorrow evening.

“The title was probably always going to be out of our reach but we had to go out and win and let everything else pan out,” Logan said.

“All we wanted was a home tie and we have got Daventry. We have beaten them twice in the league this season and now we have to do it again.

North Greenford v Kettering Town

North Greenford v Kettering Town

“What has happened before goes out of the window in the play-offs. We will look forward to it, we will rest up and be ready to go again tomorrow.

“We will fight for it. We aren’t scared of anyone and we will take anyone on.”

Logan is another who firmly believes Kettering could have already been celebrating promotion to the Premier Division if they had started this season with their current squad.

But the midfielder, who came to the club from local football, is confident the Poppies can come through the play-offs, especially with the home support behind them tomorrow night.

Logan said: “The start of the season was poor and if we’d had this squad from the start we would have walked this league.

“That’s not being disrespectful to anyone else but you have to look at what we have done since October, it is amazing.

“Apart from the first 10 games, it has been brilliant. We have a great bunch of lads and the management team have stuck by everyone.

“The fans are unbelievable as well. If we can get 1,200 through the gate again tomorrow and they are as loud as they were at North Greenford on Saturday then they can make all the difference.

“They have stayed with us all season, even after the poor start we had as well.”

The Poppies went 2-0 up in the first half at the weekend thanks to goals from Andrew Osei-Siribour and James Clifton but it needed a late goal from Josh Moreman to win it after the hosts had fought back to level things up at 2-2.

And Logan added: “We should have been three or four up early on but after we went 2-0 up we came out for the second half and sat back when we shouldn’t have done.

“That happens sometimes but Josh came on and we know that if he gets a chance he will score. We always felt we would win the game, it was just a matter of who would do it and when.”