Young Poppies get another chance to impress

Niall Duffy (left) recently made his first-team debut for Kettering Town and is set to be involved again when they play Corby Town in the Red Insure Cup tonight
Niall Duffy (left) recently made his first-team debut for Kettering Town and is set to be involved again when they play Corby Town in the Red Insure Cup tonight

Kettering Town will once again give their youngsters the chance to showcase their talent when they take on local rivals Corby Town in the first round of the Southern League’s Red Insure Cup at Latimer Park tonight (Tuesday).

Both sides are set to make significant changes to their starting line-ups from the weekend, although the biggest adjustments are likely to be made by the Poppies.

Joint-boss Thomas Baillie confirmed the club will once again delve into the under-21 squad, who currently sit top of the Under-21 Division in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League.

With an FA Trophy preliminary round clash with Lincoln United to come at the weekend, Baillie and fellow boss Scott Machin are keen to avoid any further knocks to their squad with the likes of James Jepson (ankle) and Dubi Ogbonna (hip) already struggling while Tommy Hull sits out the second of a three-match ban.

But Baillie expects the youngsters to take advantage of the opportunity that is in front of them this evening.

“The plan for the moment is that we won’t be including any lads who will be involved at the weekend, we are carrying a number of injuries and can’t risk picking up any more,” the joint-boss said.

“It will be a youthful squad but they all have an opportunity to show us what they can do.

“A number of them played against Corby in the Hillier Cup and they did very well against a strong team on the night.

“I have no doubt that a number of these lads will be good enough to come into the first team in the future.

“But there are a couple who we think are not too far away from that and this is a good chance for them to force their way into our thoughts.”