Play-offs are the aim for Poppies skipper Steve

Poppies captain Steve Kinniburgh has set his sights on a top-five finish
Poppies captain Steve Kinniburgh has set his sights on a top-five finish

Steve Kinniburgh insists Kettering Town are aiming for a play-off place in the Calor League Division One Central.

The Poppies skipper admitted the last few weeks have been “frustrating” for the in-form squad as they currently sit on an unbeaten run of 13 matches in all competitions.

It is a run of form that has seen them move into contention for a top-five place while they are also in the last 16 of the Red Insure Cup, although their home clash with Premier Division side Redditch United became the latest one to be postponed on Tuesday with the Latimer Park pitch waterlogged following the recent downpours.

Kettering have played just once in the last four weeks – a 2-0 win at Slough Town on December 28 being their only action of the festive period – and they are now hoping the rain subsides enough for them to entertain Leighton Town tomorrow (Saturday).

But captain Kinniburgh insists the recent inactivity has not affected the players’ fitness levels.

And he believes they will be ready for whenever their next game may come.

“I think frustration has been the key word for us,” he said.

“You always expect some games to be off around this time of year but I suppose the worrying thing is that we haven’t seen any snow yet and that may still come.

“We don’t know when our next game will be, hopefully it will be on Saturday.

“But the lads have still trained well.

“The fitness levels are very good and I think we will be ready for whenever we play again.

“I am sure there are a few clubs who would appreciate a break like this to help them regain a bit of form.

“But from our point of view, it is frustrating because when you are in good form, all you want to do is play.”

It has been quite a turnaround for the Poppies since their problems at the start of the season.

Kinniburgh is one of a few who has remained at the club during a spell that has seen a big change in personnel, having arrived in the summer.

And he is sure that the current crop are capable of maintaining their charge for a play-off place.

“A play-off place is what we have to aim for,” he added.

“We made a poor start but we have turned it around and there has been a lot of change in a short space of time.

“Winning is a habit and it is good to be in that sort of habit at the moment.

“We have set our sights on a top-five finish and, with the players we have here, I think that is a realistic target.”