Key men return to make Blues stronger for the battle

Tom Bridgeman returns to action for Kettering this weekend after a long injury lay-off

Tom Bridgeman returns to action for Kettering this weekend after a long injury lay-off

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Kettering director of rugby Doug Bridgeman is hoping the return to fitness of key players can aid his side’s fight against relegation.

The Blues are currently third from bottom in Midlands One East and in grave danger of the drop.

Loughborough already know their fate leaving two other sides facing lower-level rugby next season.

As it stands Kettering, Newark, Peterborough, Market Bosworth and Spalding are all in the mix with just nine points separating them and only four games left.

It makes the home clash with Market Bosworth on Saturday all the more important.

And with some big players coming back into the frame, Bridgeman is hoping they can collect a vital win.

He said: “We will have Tom Bridgeman, Joe Newman and Rory Keir all available to play and they are three key players for us.

“Between them they have hardly played half-a-dozen games this season so it will be good to have them all back.

“They not only add experience and quality to the side they will also provide a bit of a lift for the others.

“Tom has been desperate to play for about a month but we have been holding him back.

“He has now had the all-clear from the specialist and would have played last week had the match not been postponed.

“It is quite good that he didn’t come straight back, though, because he has had a bit longer to get the fitness right and to get some practice done as well.

“With him and the other two back it should definitely make us a bit stronger.”