Cox targets more additions to Poppies squad

Paul Cox is hoping to add another “two or three” players to his Kettering Town squad ahead of the Vanarama National League North run-in.

By Jon Dunham
Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 7:15 am
Kettering Town boss Paul Cox. Picture by Peter Short
Kettering Town boss Paul Cox. Picture by Peter Short

At the top of his shopping list is a new striker to boost the attacking ranks at Latimer Park with the Poppies having failed to score in their last three matches.

Cox confirmed the club missed out on adding a new frontman to the squad ahead of Saturday’s 0-0 draw with fellow strugglers Curzon Ashton.

But, even with Marcus Kelly looking set to return for next weekend’s trip to Altrincham and Alistair Smith joining on loan from Mansfield Town, the Poppies boss believes the squad needs bolstering.

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“We missed out on one (a striker) before the weekend and it would have been a good one, different to what we have got,” Cox said.

“It’s not to say our attacking players aren’t performing but sometimes you have to find the right formula so I know what I am looking for.

“Aaron (O’Connor) didn’t train last Thursday due to tight hamstrings and Tre (Mitford) came in but we are still trying to find that formula and trying to find that goalscorer who fits into our wage structure and will score 25 goals a season!

“In all seriousness, we are working hard and credit to the club because they are working hard for me to help bring a few more bodies in.

“But they have to be the right ones.

“We got Alistair Smith in and that was a baptism of fire for him at the weekend. He has played in League Two this season and that was a test of his mindset on Saturday.

“I was going to chuck him straight in if I am honest but the conditions changed that. He is technically a very good player and I am sure he will be a good addition for us.

“We have now got Lindon (Meikle) back and Connor (Kennedy) and Michael (Richens) have both served bans and we should have Marcus Kelly back for the weekend.

“But we need further reinforcements. When you get to this stage of the season, coming round the bend, there are always a few tired legs and there are always a few knocks so we will try to get one or two in to bolster the ranks.”

The Poppies are back in action this evening (Tuesday) as they take on league rivals Brackley Town in the semi-finals of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup at Latimer Park.

And while Cox conceded those in need of minutes will get them, he insists it’s a game he wants to win.

“It’s a semi-final and I want to be greedy, I want to win as many games as possible,” he added.

“We will put the strongest side out possible but we will get some minutes into those who have not had a long run in the side.

“We have still got some important league games to come but we will approach this with the right mindset and try to win it.”