Poppies to start at Latimer Park

The Kettering Town players were put through their paces in their final training session before the start of the season at Latimer Park on Thursday. It has now been confirmed they will kick-off the campaign at their new home. Picture by Kelly Cooper
The Kettering Town players were put through their paces in their final training session before the start of the season at Latimer Park on Thursday. It has now been confirmed they will kick-off the campaign at their new home. Picture by Kelly Cooper

Kettering Town will kick-off the new season back in the town’s borough after their new Latimer Park home passed a ground grading inspection.

A representative from the Football Association carried out the inspection at the Burton Latimer venue on Friday afternoon before giving the club the green light to play their home games there in the Calor League Division One Central.

The Poppies begin their season at Potters Bar Town tomorrow (Saturday) with the first game at Latimer Park being a clash with Barton Rovers on Tuesday night.

Owner Ritchie Jeune and a band of volunteers have been working to bring the ground, which is being shared with landlords Burton Park Wanderers, up to standard. And Jeune was delighted to see the hard work finally pay off.

“The work started well but there was a hold up when we were trying to get the new stand in,” the Kettering chief said.

“But we have managed to get there and I am extremely grateful to those who have given up their time to make it happen.

“The last two weeks have been manic and there is still a lot of work to be done. But it meets the requirements and that is the important thing at this moment in time.

“We have brought the club back to the borough and we are all looking forward to Tuesday night.”

One more hurdle the Poppies have to negotiate is another appearance in court on Monday over the winding up petition placed on them by Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd.

But Jeune remains confident that situation will be resolved, although he expects another adjournment on Monday.

“The agreement has been in place for sometime but it is a matter of making that into a legal document and it has taken longer than I anticipated,” Jeune added.

“But we are not concerned by it. The agreement has a base but certain things have held it up.”