Poppies boss Doyle on the hunt for Wilson’s replacement

Lewis Wilson has returned to Northampton Town after a loan spell with Kettering but Alan Doyle is already on the hunt for a replacement
Lewis Wilson has returned to Northampton Town after a loan spell with Kettering but Alan Doyle is already on the hunt for a replacement
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Alan Doyle has begun the hunt for a replacement for Lewis Wilson after the striker was recalled to Northampton Town following a successful loan stint at Kettering Town.

The Poppies boss was unable to hide his disappointment after Cobblers manager Aidy Boothroyd decided to bring Wilson back into the fold at Sixfields ahead of Kettering’s trip to Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division leaders Hemel Hempstead Town tomorrow.

Wilson hit seven goals in eight appearances for Kettering, including a hat-trick in the 4-3 win at Hitchin Town on Boxing Day, and played a key role in helping the Poppies get their troubled season back on track.

Doyle confirmed the club are unlikely to have a direct replacement in their squad for Saturday’s clash and he revealed Will Muzvimbiri is likely to start the game alongside Jamie Griffiths in attack.

“I was slightly surprised when Northampton said they were taking Lewis back,” Doyle said.

“It just shows how quickly things can change but he is their player and all we can do is thank them and him.

“Lewis was excellent for us and he gave our team a real balance. I hope he gets the chance to show what he can do other there.

“It is obviously a blow for us but we have already started to have a look around and we will try to bring someone in. We have spoken to a couple of Football League clubs about maybe bringing another one in on loan.

“I am a bit down about it but that is football isn’t it?

“We will go with what we have got and try to take something from what is a very difficult game.”