Doyle wants Poppies to stay on the attack against Bedford

Ben Ford will be back in Kettering Town colours against Bedford Town at Steel Park on Wednesday night after he rejoined the Poppies on loan from Nuneaton Town
Ben Ford will be back in Kettering Town colours against Bedford Town at Steel Park on Wednesday night after he rejoined the Poppies on loan from Nuneaton Town

Alan Doyle wants Kettering Town to continue with their attacking ways when they take on Bedford Town in their first game of 2013.

The Poppies face the Eagles at Corby Town’s Steel Park stadium on Wednesday night having made it to the 2012, something that looked unlikely given the severe financial problems that threatened to send the club into liquidation towards the end of the year.

The future remains uncertain with the club still tied to a lease at Nene Park while Imraan Ladak remains the majority shareholder. And talk of any takeovers have gone quiet for the time being.

The club is still being run by a group of volunteers, led by Ritchie Jeune, while Doyle, assistant Thomas Baillie and a squad thrown together on virtually no money have turned things around on the pitch with three wins in their last four Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division matches.

The Poppies remain a massive 16 points from safety going into the new year but manager Doyle is ready for the challenge and insists his team will be going on the attack again following a thrilling 4-3 win at Hitchin Town on Boxing Day before their game at Banbury United at the weekend was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Doyle said: “I definitely think it is a case of attack being the best form of defence for us.

“The defensive side of things has worried me a bit but we have to do what we are good at and we have shown that we can attack teams well.

“I would prefer to go and win a game 4-3 than lose having adopted a defensive attitude.

“We have hit a good bit of form and we have to try to keep that going.

“The supporters are with and I think the message is getting out there to people in Kettering. I hope we get even more supporters coming to see us on Wednesday.”

Doyle, meanwhile, described the situation at Banbury on Saturday as “a scene from some sort of weird film” as the game was finally called off at 1.30pm with the Kettering squad and fans already at, or heading, to the ground.

The Poppies boss added: “My family have lived in Banbury for 30 years and I went there early to visit the graves of my mum and dad and it was clear at that point that the game would struggle because of the weather.

“But I got to the ground and there were 20-odd people with forks on the pitch trying to sort it out despite the big puddles that were on there. It was a like a scene from a weird film.

“The referee arrived and called it off almost immediately and was asking why a local referee hadn’t already had a look and saved us all a wasted journey.

“It was very frustrating for the players and for the fans, who made the effort to get there. It could have been handled a lot better in my opinion.”

Doyle confirmed he is hoping to find out today whether Northampton Town striker Lewis Wilson, who hit a hat-trick at Hitchin, will be able to extend his loan spell, which is due to run out after the clash with Bedford.

Ben Ford, who is on loan from Nuneaton Town, and Robbie Maddox are both set to make their debuts on Wednesday.

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