Poppies will play to win as they look to wrap up the title

Kettering Town celebrate following their 2-0 success over Bedford Town. The Poppies can wrap up the title if they avoid defeat at Rugby Town today. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Kettering Town celebrate following their 2-0 success over Bedford Town. The Poppies can wrap up the title if they avoid defeat at Rugby Town today. Pictures by Alison Bagley
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Scott Machin insists Kettering Town won’t just play for the draw they need to secure the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central title at Rugby Town later today (Monday).

The Poppies are set to be backed by a large army of supporters at Butlin Road this afternoon (3pm) as they aim to earn the point they need to become champions.

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC Poppies v Bedford FC at Latimer Park'2nd goal to Kettering'Saturday April 4 2015 NNL-150404-184202009

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC Poppies v Bedford FC at Latimer Park'2nd goal to Kettering'Saturday April 4 2015 NNL-150404-184202009

Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Bedford Town at Latimer Park ensured Kettering are virtually there by virtue of their superior goal difference over second-placed Aylesbury.

But joint-boss Machin wants his team to wrap it all up with a win against a team who have had something of an edge over Kettering in the last year or so.

The Poppies were beaten 1-0 at home by play-off chasing Rugby on New Year’s Day and failed to beat them in two meetings last season.

But Machin is looking forward to what could be another famous day for the Poppies and their supporters as they make the short trip up the A14.

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC Poppies v Bedford FC at Latimer Park'Goal to Kettering Jason Lee celebrates'Saturday April 4 2015 NNL-150404-193248009

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC Poppies v Bedford FC at Latimer Park'Goal to Kettering Jason Lee celebrates'Saturday April 4 2015 NNL-150404-193248009

“It will be the first time we have actually had a game where it is up to us,” the joint-manager said.

“We need to go there with the right attitude. They beat us here on New Year’s Day and we were involved in the most one-sided 1-1 draw you will ever see over there last season. So we definitely have a point to prove there.

“We are going to go there to try to win the game. You can’t go into it with the attitude of getting a draw just because that will be enough.

“They are in the middle of trying to get themselves into the play-offs so I hope they come out and play as well.

“It’s there for us and we have to go and finish it off. I hope a lot of fans go along because they can make the big difference for us.

“I know the players appreciate the support, they enjoy the fact they have so many fans in their corner.”

The Poppies could be without Josh Moreman, who was withdrawn with a back injury during the win over Bedford.

Don’t miss full coverage of the Poppies’ clash at Rugby on this website and full reaction and pictures in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph