Poppies in the hunt to sign goalkeeper Walker

Wilson Carvalho's cross finds the far corner to give Kettering Town the lead against Chesham United at Latimer Park last night. Picture by Jim McAlwane

Wilson Carvalho's cross finds the far corner to give Kettering Town the lead against Chesham United at Latimer Park last night. Picture by Jim McAlwane

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Kettering Town manager Marcus Law has confirmed his interest in signing goalkeeper Paul Walker following his release from Corby Town.

Walker had his contract at Steel Park terminated yesterday (Tuesday) and was quickly linked with a move to the Steelmen’s local rivals.

The Poppies enjoyed a 3-0 victory over Chesham United at a rain-swept Latimer Park in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division with Rene Howe marking his return to the club with a goal after another former Steelman Wilson Carvalho and James Brighton had put them 2-0 up.

Stopper Craig Hill enjoyed one of his best displays so far for Kettering but Law confirmed Walker is an option for the club and it is now understood a deal with the goalkeeper is close to being done.

“The lad (Walker) has won this title and he is experienced,” the Kettering manager said.

“The fact is, he has become available.

“It looks like we will be competing with one or two for that signature.

“We have signed a couple from Corby and people may be calling us the Kettering Steelmen or something!

“But those boys have made a difference. And maybe that experience of winning the league last season is helping to create the different vibe around the place.

“Craig came to us knowing that we were looking for a more experienced goalkeeper and we are.

“He hasn’t let me down. He has been brave and he’s been solid.

“We are going to review and monitor the situation. We will see what pans out.”

Law, meanwhile, was delighted to see his team follow up their 1-1 draw at Merthyr Town at the weekend with the victory last night, which took his team up to ninth in the Premier Division table.

The game only went ahead after a final inspection at 7pm following a heavy downpour during the afternoon and evening.

He added: “Between 4pm and 6pm there was a deluge of rain and the pitch looked very doubtful.

“But everyone got out there and did whatever they could and fair play to the referee because he gave it until 7pm and we got the game on.

“It wasn’t suitable for free-flowing football but credit to both teams because they played when they could and it turned out to be a good night for us.

“They (Chesham) certainly attacked with numbers and we had to defend collassly at times and the boys were putting their bodies on the line.

“And then it was nice that we looked dynamic going forward.

“We shut up shop in the second half and we made sure we came away with the points.

“I am just really pleased. A very busy time has been justified with four points from two games.”

The Poppies are now preparing for a quickfire double as they take on current leaders Poole Town at Latimer Park on Saturday before travelling to third-placed Redditch United next Monday night.

Don’t miss more Poppies news in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph