Poppies all set for another run out

Poppies boss John Beck

Poppies boss John Beck

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Kettering Town’s contracted players are set to get their first action of pre-season when they head to Cogenhoe United tonight.

Poppies boss John Beck has confirmed he is likely to give his first-team squad a first-half run-out against the ChromaSport & Trophies UCL Premier Division outfit at Compton Park.

But the friendly will also be used for Beck to run the rule over more trialists as he continues to build a new-look squad for the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign.

Beck said: “There are some in there that we need to make a decision on and the best way to see what they can do is on the pitch in a match situation.”

The Poppies will start the new season with a trip to Weymouth on August 18 in a game that is likely to have an extra bit of spice to it.

George Rolls left the Terras to come to Nene Park earlier this year in an attempt to save the Poppies from financial meltdown.

But Beck’s only focus is on continuing to build a team to challenge for promotion.

He added: “It is a tough league and it is even harder considering we are starting from scratch.

“We are doing everything we can to bring in young players on reasonable wages and develop them into a team.”

that can do well at that level.

“It has been difficult but we are making progress and hopefully, in the next couple of months, we will have that squad together.”

The Poppies’ scheduled friendly at Swindon Supermarine on Sunday has been postponed due to serious drainage problems at the Wiltshire club.