Poppies finalise friendly line-up

Nene Park, the new home of Kettering Town Football Club.
Nene Park, the new home of Kettering Town Football Club.
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Kettering Town have finalised their pre-season friendly matches ahead of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign.

The Poppies open up against Southend Manor, last season’s opponents in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round, a week on Saturday (July 7) with a 3pm kick-off at Nene Park.

They then travel to Cogenhoe United on Thursday, July 19 before heading to Swindon Supermarine on the following Sunday (July 22, 1pm).

A youth team and first team double-header against Stoke City, the first team taking on Stoke’s under-21s, is at Nene Park on July 26 before MK Dons visit two days later.

The final home friendly is against Rotherham United on Tuesday, August 7 and the final pre-season game is at Solihull Moors on Saturday, August 11.

The new Southern League season starts on August 18.