Poppies chairman Ritchie wants promotion

Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune insists the club's only target for this season on the pitch is to gain promotion
Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune insists the club's only target for this season on the pitch is to gain promotion
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Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune has spelled out his expectations for the new season by declaring: “We want promotion!”

The Poppies get their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign under way with a trip to Dorchester Town on Saturday.

The game comes exactly 105 days after Kettering won 4-1 on the same ground on the final day of last season, only to miss out on a play-off place by a single point following a superb run of form during the second half of the campaign.

Manager Marcus Law has retained the vast majority of the squad that performed so well from November onwards last year.

And that has fuelled the ambitious chairman’s hopes of seeing the Poppies go one better this time around.

“We want promotion really after missing out last season,” Jeune said.

“Getting into the play-offs is the minimum expectation for us.

“We have kept the core of the squad and we probably would have wanted to add a couple more to it but I wouldn’t rule out that happening before the end of August.

“It’s pleasing to see the youngsters stepping up to the first-team but they are very much for the future so I am sure Marcus will still be looking to add to what he’s got.”

Jeune, meanwhile, is hoping the Poppies can get the season up and running in style.

They face a potentially tough run of fixtures during the first month with Saturday’s trip being followed by home clashes with Leamington and Hitchin Town and a game at Redditch United – three teams that finished in the top five last season.

“I think the one thing that has never seemed to happen since I have been here is the team getting a good start,” the Poppies chairman added.

“We seem to end up chasing our tails at the end of the season.

“There are some tough games early on so it will be interesting to see how we get on during the first month.”