Frustration grows as Poppies hope to get a game on

Kettering Town joint-manager Scott Machin
Kettering Town joint-manager Scott Machin

Scott Machin has conceded frustration has started to build in the Kettering Town camp.

The Poppies have been inactive for nearly three weeks since the 2-2 draw at Aylesbury United due to a series of postponements.

Their clash at North Greenford United last weekend was the only game to be called off in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

Once again, Kettering’s players and fans had to sit back and keep a close eye on how their title rivals fared.

In the end, it proved to be a reasonable day with current leaders Aylesbury slipping to a 3-1 home defeat to 
Godalming Town, although both Rugby Town and Bedworth United won to ensure things bunched up even more at the top end of the table.

The Poppies have games in hand, which if they are won, could see them pull away from the pack.

But, for the time being, joint-boss Machin is just hoping a double-header of home matches against strugglers Leighton Town tomorrow (Saturday), and Beaconsfield SYCOB, on Tuesday, can go ahead.

“It’s important we get back playing, the boys are itching to get back out there,” Machin said.

“It has been frustrating and difficult having to sit and watch while other teams play their matches.

“The boys have trained well this week and we are just desperate to get a game on and get the season going again.

“All we can do is concentrate on our games, we can’t worry about what other teams are doing.

“There are bound to be more twists and turns before the end of the season.

“But it is still firmly in our hands. We just need to get playing again and start picking up some points.”

There won’t be many more frustrated players than midfielder Tommy Hull, who is still waiting to serve a two-match ban following his red card in the New Year’s Day defeat to Rugby.

But Machin revealed everyone else is fit for this weekend.

And he admitted there was at least one positive from the recent postponements.

“The enforced break we have had has given us the chance to shake off a few niggles and knocks, which is the positive from it all,” he added.

“Everyone is fit and it means there will be some tough decisions for us to make when it comes to picking the team.”

Kettering’s home match against Egham Town, which was called off nearly two weeks ago, will now be played at Latimer Park on Tuesday, February 24 (7.45pm).