Cox expects more comings and goings as Kettering Town gear up for tough test

The Poppies have been in decent form of late but face a tricky game at much-fancied Boston United tonight (Tuesday)

By Jon Dunham
Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 7:32 am
Updated Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 7:36 am
Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw at Brackley Town on Saturday. Picture by Peter Short
Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw at Brackley Town on Saturday. Picture by Peter Short

Paul Cox believes there will be more comings and goings at Kettering Town as continues his bid to build a “consistent” team at Latimer Park.

The Poppies are back in action tonight (Tuesday) as they face a tough trip to much-fancied Boston United.

Cox’s team picked up another point on Saturday as a late goal saw them pegged back and held to a 1-1 draw at Brackley Town.

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And the manager insists his team will continue to evolve as he seeks the winning formula.

“There will be more coming in,” Cox said.

“I have spoken to the owner and the chairman and we are probably 12 to 18 months behind other clubs in terms of our building strategy.

“I want to put together a team that is consistent, knows its strength, knows its weaknesses and knows how to win in every facet of this game. It will keep evolving as we go forward.”

In the meantime, Cox is hoping there will be some competition for places as he looks to get some players back from injury.

On-loan defender Jevan Anderson missed the game at Brackley due to a hamstring injury while Rhys Sharpe appears to be closing in on a return.

“Jevan missed out with a tight hamstring and Rhys Sharpe failed a fitness test,” Cox added.

“We are just after that competition for places. We need people breathing down each other’s necks to get a starting place.

“We want to be consistently winning games. We have lost one in 10 in all competitions but I want to turn those draws into wins.

“It will come but the boys are doing well and giving it their all.”

Boston manager Craig Elliott, meanwhile, expects the Poppies to be “fired up” when they make their first-ever visit to the Pilgrims’ new Jakemans Community Stadium.

Boston are unbeaten in the last six matches and are among the favourites for automatic promotion in the Vanarama National League North.

But Elliott is expecting a tough outing for his players.

“They’ve got a big battering ram up front in Kyle Perry and they’re that physical sort of outfit as well,” the Boston manager said.

"They’ve got a manager who’s very competitive, and that’s the thing really - he’s experienced and knows how to get results.

“I’m sure he’ll get them fired up and organised.”