A new era dawns for Kettering Town tonight (Tuesday) as they play their first-ever game in their new home in Burton Latimer.
The Poppies take on Barton Rovers at Latimer Park (7.45pm) in what is the club’s first match back in the town’s borough and their first home game since Ritchie Jeune completed his takeover from previous owner Imraan Ladak.
And Kettering boss Dean Thomas has called on his squad to “stand up and be counted” after their Calor League Division One Central campaign started with a 2-0 defeat at Potters Bar Town on Saturday.
The Poppies paid for a slow start and then had Andy Gooding sent off in the first half before succumbing to the loss.
Thomas said: “It is an important night for the club and it is just as important for the players.
“We were disappointed with the way we started the game on Saturday and it surprised me after how well they had done in pre-season.
“But the lads were not happy and now they have to stand up and be counted.
“We want to get the fans back supporting the club and if we are to do that then we need to be winning game and making our home ground a fortress.
“All of us would rather be playing in front of 500 people than 50 and hopefully there will be a good crowd in tonight and we will try to make sure we get it right on the pitch.
“Perhaps Saturday was a timely kick up the backside for the players. No-one said it would be easy in this league and anyone who thought it would certainly knows the truth now.”
The Poppies’ only injury doubt is Ashley Deeney, who came on at half-time at the weekend on his comeback from a foot injury.
Kettering, meanwhile, saw the winding up order taken on by Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd adjourned again at the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday.
A club statement said: “The Order had been adjourned yet again, this time, only until Monday, September 2 to enable and encourage the parties to finalise the wording of the legal agreements.”