Doyle set to name strong Poppies line-up for Daventry clash

Poppies manager Alan Doyle
Poppies manager Alan Doyle

Alan Doyle insists he would love to lead Kettering Town into the NFA Hillier Senior Cup final.

And the Poppies boss is set to field a strong line-up when the Poppies head to the south of the County to take on Daventry Town at Communications Park tonight (Tuesday).

The game comes as a welcome distraction for Kettering, who are heading for relegation from the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division as they remain 15 points adrift of safety with 17 games to play.

Daventry sit in eighth place in the Southern League Division One Central, the level immediately below Kettering, and Doyle knows his team will be in for good test.

“We will be going out to win the game,” the Poppies boss said.

“We certainly won’t be taking the match lightly and we have no right to do that after losing five games in a row.

“Daventry have had quite a good season so far so they will be ready for it and looking to put us out.

“But we want to do well in this competition and get through to the final.

“There are one or two players we want to have a look at but, in general, it will be a strong line-up and our aim is to win and go through.”

Nathan Fox, who is on loan with Kettering from Corby Town, is cup-tied having already played for the Steelmen in the competition this season.

But Doyle looks set to hand a first start to Chris Pitharas, who has joined the club on loan from Stevenage.