Long trip kicks-off a tough start for Poppies

Poppies boss Marcus Law

Poppies boss Marcus Law

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Kettering Town’s forthcoming Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign will start where the last one finished.

The Poppies will travel to Dorchester Town on the opening day of the season on Saturday, August 6 after Marcus Law’s team won 4-1 there on the final day of the last campaign as they just missed out on a play-off place.

And Kettering’s credentials look sure to be tested in the remainder of the opening month.

Leamington, beaten in the play-off final in May, are the visitors for the first league match at Latimer Park on Tuesday, August 9 before the Poppies host Hitchin Town on Saturday, August 13.

Back-to-back trips to Redditch United and Basingstoke Town follow on while a home clash with Stratford Town (August 27) and a game at King’s Lynn Town (August 29) complete a busy opening month.

King’s Lynn are the visitors to Latimer Park on Boxing Day and Kettering will start 2017 with a trip to Cambridge City on January 2.

The run-in will see Marcus Law’s team go to Stratford on Easter Saturday, April 15 before they host Cambridge City two days later.

And the regular season will be completed with a short trip to Banbury United on Saturday, April 22.

The Poppies, meanwhile, picked up their second 5-0 win in the space of as many days last night (Thursday) when they beat Rushden & Higham United at Hayden Road in their latest friendly.

Rene Howe scored twice while Nathan Hicks, Nathan Bobowicz and Spencer Weir-Daley added the other goals.

Kettering travel to AFC Kempston Rovers for their next pre-season outing tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm).

KETTERING TOWN FIXTURES 2016-17

Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division

AUGUST

Sat 6: Dorchester Town (a)

Tue 9: Leamington (h)

Sat 13: Hitchin Town (h)

Tue 16: Redditch United (a)

Sat 20: Basingstoke Town (a)

Sat 27: Stratford Town (h)

Mon 29: King’s Lynn Town (a)

SEPTEMBER

Sat 10: Banbury United (h)

Tue 13: St Neots Town (a)

Sat 24: Dunstable Town (h)

Tue 27: Hayes & Yeading United (h)

OCTOBER

Sat 1: Merthyr Town (a)

Sat 8: Chippenham Town (h)

Tue 11: Biggleswade Town (a)

Sat 15: Kings Langley (a)

Tue 18: St Neots Town (h)

Sat 22: Weymouth (h)

Tue 25: Chesham United (a)

NOVEMBER

Sat 5: St Ives Town (a)

Sat 12: Frome Town (h)

Sat 19: Hitchin Town (a)

Tue 22: Redditch United (h)

Sat 26: Dorchester Town (h)

Tue 29: Leamington (a)

DECEMBER

Sat 3: Cinderford Town (h)

Sat 10: Cirencester Town (a)

Sat 17: Slough Town (a)

Mon 26: King’s Lynn Town (h)

JANUARY

Mon 2: Cambridge City (a)

Sat 7: Basingstoke Town (h)

Sat 14: Dunstable Town (a)

Sat 21: Merthyr Town (h)

Sat 28: Hayes & Yeading United (a)

FEBRUARY

Sat 4: Biggleswade Town (h)

Sat 11: Chippenham Town (a)

Sat 18: Kings Langley (h)

Sat 25: Chesham United (h)

MARCH

Sat 4: Weymouth (a)

Sat 11: St Ives Town (h)

Sat 18: Frome Town (a)

Sat 25: Cinderford Town (a)

APRIL

Sat 1: Cirencester Town (h)

Sat 8: Slough Town (h)

Sat 15: Stratford Town (a)

Mon 17: Cambridge City (h)

Sat 22: Banbury United (a)