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Clermont Auvergne v Northampton Saints: Tom Vickers' match preview

Fixture: Clermont Auvergne v Northampton Saints

Courtney Lawes makes his 200th appearance for Saints this weekend

200-up for Lawes, while Wood returns from injury

Courtney Lawes will make his 200th Saints appearance when he starts in Saturday’s Champions Cup clash with Clermont Auvergne (3.15pm kick-off).

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It was bitter disappointment for Kettering Town in the FA Cup in midweek. But they are heading into another crucial game as they take on fellow high-fliers Slough Town at Latimer Park tomorrow. Picture by Alison Bagley

Poppies facing a 'test of character' in another huge clash

Marcus Law believes his Kettering Town players are facing a “test of character” as they bid to bounce back from their FA Cup disappointment in another huge game this weekend..

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Andy Peaks is expecting another tough test for AFC Rushden & Diamonds at Hayes & Yeading United this weekend

Peaks: Diamonds are in it for the long haul

Andy Peaks insists AFC Rushden & Diamonds are in it for the “long haul” as he plots a promotion push in the Evo-Stik South League East.

Rushden & Higham United manager Wayne Abbott leads his team into the first round of the FA Vase this weekend

Lankies and Ar Tarn hoping for some progress in the Vase

Rushden & Higham United and Desborough Town are gearing up for their FA Vase first-round clashes this weekend.

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Steven Leslies superb free-kick finds the net as he brought Corby Town level before they went on to make it five wins in a row with a 2-1 success over Carlton Town at Steel Park last Saturday. Picture by David Tilley

Steelmen can't be complacent, says Kinniburgh

Steve Kinniburgh doesn’t see the Evo-Stik League South table settling down anytime soon.

Jordon Crawford is one of the homegrown players who is helping Corby Town in their climb back up the Evo-Stik League South table

Hometown boys playing a key role for Steelmen

It may have gone unnoticed by some but there was a real hometown feel to Corby Town’s squad during last weekend’s 2-1 success over Carlton Town.

Steel Park will be the setting for Corby Town's new all-girls academy

Corby to launch all-girls academy

Corby Town are starting their first-ever full-time girls-only football and educational academy for 16 to 18 year olds.

Richard Burton with pictures of him playing on the Rockingham Road pitch in the 1960s. NNL-170910-152252005 NNL-170910-152252005

Kettering without its football club is ‘like fish without chips’

Richard Burton was just seven when he watched his first Poppies match at Rockingham Road in 1935.

Saints will face Clermont at Stade Marcel Michelin this afternoon (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints set for 'biggest challenge of them all' at Clermont

If there was a list of European rugby’s most inimidating stadia, the Stade Marcel Michelin would be near the top of it.

Teimana Harrison (right) shows his disappointment during Saints' defeat to Saracens (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints star Harrison searching for complete performance

Teimana Harrison says he is still searching for a 'complete performance' at Saints this season.

Jim Mallinder saw his Saints side lose 57-13 to Saracens last Sunday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Team spirit so key as Saints bid to bounce back

Jim Mallinder says sticking together has been key for Saints as they build towards Saturday's big Champions Cup fixture at Clermont Auvergne.

Piers Francis feels Clermont have reason to fear wounded Saints (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Francis feels Saints should still be feared

Over the years, Saints have regularly ripped up the form book in the European Cup.

Rushden darts star James Richardson will be competing in the European Championship next weekend

Richardson now looking towards the majors

James Richardson is looking forward to a big finish to the year after confirming his place in three major PDC competitions.

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Kettering boxer Dom Specchio

Kettering's Specchio knows he must keep ducking the punches

Kettering super-lightweight Domenic Specchio knows if he’s going to keep his new wife happy, he has to keep ducking punches.

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Ben Farrell scored twice in AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 4-2 win at Marlow

Diamonds boss Peaks hails 'a big three points'

Andy Peaks was delighted with “a big three points” after AFC Rushden & Diamonds claimed a 4-2 success at Marlow.

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Gift experience day at Silverstone is full of speed and thrills

If the man in your life loves cars and wants to drive a fast one, then there is no better place than Silverstone near Towcester.

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Poppies earmark site for new purpose-built stadium

Kettering Town FC say they believe they’ve found a viable site for a new purpose-built stadium.

Kettering Town captain Brett Solkhon's reaction at the final whistle summed it up as his team were knocked out of the FA Cup last night. Picture by Alison Bagley

Law so frustrated as Poppies' FA Cup dream ends

Marcus Law was left frustrated after Kettering Town missed their chance to book a place in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time in six years.

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Michael Richens' reaction sums it up as Kettering Town were knocked out of the FA Cup after a 1-0 loss to Nantwich Town at Latimer Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley

VERDICT - Poppies' FA Cup hopes are ended by Nantwich

Kettering Town’s Emirates FA Cup hopes came crashing down around them as Nantwich Town became the first team to win at Latimer Park this season.

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