Alan Doyle believes Kettering Town now have “something to work on” after they finally resumed their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign.
A new-look Poppies squad, made up of players thrown together by manager Doyle last week, suffered a heartbreaking defeat as a hard-working performance went unrewarded.
Jake Reid headed home in the final minute to hand Redditch United all three points as a crowd of 487 turned out to watch Doyle’s side as they played at Corby Town’s Steel Park after a one-game agreement was completed between Ritchie Jeune and Steelmen director Kevin Ingram.
Just three players, Joel Gyasi, Will Muzvimbiri and Michael King, were familiar to the Poppies fans as the rest of the squad was made up of new faces.
But some did catch the eye with goalkeeper Yannick Nlate, who has come in from Stoke City along with defender and new captain Adam Mitter, saving a second-half penalty while Kettering’s Nathan Hicks missed a spot-kick of his own in the first half.
And Doyle was delighted with his team’s display.
“It was a great performance but a poor result unfortunately,” the Kettering boss said.
“Considering the lads barely knew each other, I thought they were brilliant. They knocked the ball around and it was exciting to watch.
“We had the penalty miss in the first half and a couple of one-on-one opportunities after that.
“The lads have played in front of nearly 500 people and there were more pluses than minuses out there.
“But we have got something to work on now.
“There is a chance that this time next week we won’t have any more points with games at Leamington and Arlesey coming up.
“But I can work on things now. I am just trying to show that there is a bit of stability here.
“We have a very young squad with us but they put their foot in.
“I just hope I am still talking to you in three or four weeks and we have started to pick up some good results because that is what we are here for.”
Doyle, meanwhile, insists he knows nothing about the potential takeover of the club, which Jeune believes could be completed this week.
“I don’t know anything about any potential takeovers and all of that,” he added.
“I don’t get involved in that. I am just going to try to keep the team going.
“I don’t communicate with the people involved in the politics. I am focusing on the football and nothing else.”