Doyle urges Poppies to focus on their own game

Poppies boss Alan Doyle
Poppies boss Alan Doyle

Alan Doyle believes more wins will come Kettering Town’s way as long as they focus solely on their own game.

The Poppies travel to AFC Totton tonight with renewed belief after they finally picked up their first win of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign on Sunday.

The 3-1 success over Chesham United ended a run of 11 successive defeats for the Poppies with six of those coming after they had resumed their season following a month without playing at the height of their financial problems.

The win was followed by Ritchie Jeune, who has been helping to run the club, revealing that a potential new owner – believed to be former Plymouth Argyle chief executive Tony Campbell – has made an offer to buy the club from majority shareholder Imraan Ladak.

But while everyone awaits to see what develops off the pitch, Doyle is hoping to gather momentum on it. And is hoping the belief will have been restored to his young squad following their victory at the weekend.

“They have shown they can win a game and, from a psychological point of view, that is very important,” the Poppies boss said.

“Getting that one victory can only create an even more positive atmosphere and now we have to try to follow it up.

“To do that, we just have to concentrate on what we are doing. There is little point in worrying about the opposition.

“We won at the weekend because we focused on our job and played some good football. That is the attitude we must have for every game.

“The most important thing we have done is shown that there are no longer any easy games in this league. We were easy pickings until the weekend but that is no longer the case.”

Doyle expects to name an unchanged squad for the trip south to play a Totton side who are in mid-table and have been beaten only once on their own ground this season.

Despite the victory at the weekend, the Poppies remain a massive 21 points from safety at the foot of the Premier Division table.