Dean Thomas has confirmed central defender Stuart Wall will play for Kettering Town in tonight’s (Thursday) fundraising friendly against Burton Park Wanderers (7.45pm).
Wall has signed for the Poppies on a dual registration from King’s Lynn Town and will make his debut having recovered from a cruciate knee ligament injury that kept him on the sidelines for the whole of last season.
Thomas is set to give the vast majority of his first-team squad a run out in tonight’s clash at Latimer Park, which has been organised to help raise further funds for the club ahead of their appeal against them being wound up on October 7.
And he insists that if Wall comes through the game unscathed then he will be in contention to play in next Tuesday’s Calor League Division One Central home clash with Rugby Town.
“Stuart is registered with us now and he will play tonight,” the Poppies boss said.
“It is a good chance to give some of the lads who haven’t featured much a run-out as well as giving the other boys more minutes on the pitch.
“We don’t have a game at the weekend so we will play tonight and have a training session on Saturday.
“If Stuart can come through tonight and through the session on Saturday then he will definitely be in contention for next Tuesday.
“I have no doubts over his ability and the central defensive area, without being disrespectful to those who have played there, is one that we need to improve in.”
Tonight’s game was organised following the decision in the High Court to wind the Poppies up over a £58,000 debt owed to Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd.
Tickets are priced at £10 and will be available on the turnstiles and there will also be an auction of sports memorabilia before and after the game.
Local companies Premier Roofing Systems Ltd, Knights of Old and Mosaic Print have been confirmed as sponsors for the match with the money being held by the Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust and only being handed back to the club should their appeal be successful. If it fails, the money will go back to the companies.