Poppies joint-boss Machin wants big crowd for champions’ homecoming

Kettering Town's players and supporters will be celebrating their title win at Latimer Park this weekend
Kettering Town's players and supporters will be celebrating their title win at Latimer Park this weekend
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Scott Machin is hoping the Kettering Town fans will come out in their numbers to enjoy the title party at Latimer Park on tomorrow (Saturday).

The Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central champions take on Bedworth United in the final home game of the season and will be presented with the title trophy immediately after the game against the play-off contenders.

It is the first and only home game since the Poppies secured the crown on Easter Monday and the club have made it a ‘pay what you want’ fixture for the fans.

And joint-boss Machin hopes his team can round off their home campaign in style to ensure it is day for the club’s board and supporters to remember.

“It should be a fantastic day and hopefully the weather will be good and we can get a big crowd in for it,” he said.

“It would be terrific for the players to get a good send-off in the last home game of the season.

“They have worked hard for what they have achieved and deserve every bit of praise they have been getting.

“We want it to be a great day for everyone involved and I just think it’s great that the fans have something to cheer about after so much doom and gloom in the past.

“And it’s a big day for the chairman and the board. It wasn’t long ago that they were battling for the club’s survival in the courts.

“That’s all gone now. They all deserve a massive pat on the back for getting the club back on its feet and giving us the opportunity to get to this point.

“We want to finish the season at home on a high note and then enjoy the celebrations afterwards.”

The Poppies will be waiting on the fitness of right-back James Clifton, who suffered a shoulder injury on Easter Monday while Josh Moreman misses the game through suspension.