Howe to be a real star

KETTERING TOWN boss Morell Maison believes that Rene Howe is going to be a "sensational talent".

And the 19-year-old hot-shot is already attracting interest from League One pacesetters Nottingham Forest.

Howe was given only his sixth start in place of released top scorer Zema Abbey in Saturday's FA Trophy third-qualifying round tie with Clitheroe at Rockingham Road.

And he became the first Poppies player in almost half a century to score five goals in a game as the UniBond League Division One visitors were hammered 10-1.

"Over the last two or three months I've been working on Rene's game and trying to develop him as a player," admitted Maison.

"I wasn't happy with his movement when he first arrived from Bedford.

"But I think we saw the full range of his game and his ability to operate on both flanks, up the middle and play off the smaller man.

"He gives us pace, power and a tremendous work-rate. He's been threatening to do that for some weeks now and I felt I could no longer keep him on a leash. He has really come alive.

"The scary thing is that he's still only 19. I'm sure he's capable of doing that at whenever level he plays. He's going to make his mark in this game.

"If he continues to perform like that he's going to be a sensational talent. Colin Calderwood (at Nottingham Forest) has been tracking him in every game he has played.

"He could have scored even more. He just missed out on our first goal, he hit the post and then didn't step up for the penalty. So he could easily have walked off the pitch with seven or eight goals.

"We had a very good team performance. But Rene was heads and shoulders above everyone else."

On Abbey's shock departure after netting eight times in 17 appearances Maison added: "No manager or coach wants to lose a player who is an integral part of your team plans.

"But the financial side of football, or any other business for that matter, some times dictate what you can do.

"The chairman (Imraan Ladak) felt that we were blessed with plenty of attacking options but needed to bring in a centre half.

"He had to make a decision to clear the way for that signing and so with the riches he felt we had up front Zema was the one to be sacrificed.

"In a sense that decision was justified when after letting your leading scorer go the team score ten goals in their very next game."

Ladak, meanwhile, confirmed that plans to relocate the football club have taken a forward step.

Latimer Park, home of UCL Division One team Burton Park Wanderers, is now the Poppies chairman's preferred choice.

Roger Patrick, owner of the ground and on-site Burton Park Country Club, confirmed that talks were on-going.

He said: "I've had three or four interested parties and certainly one of those would offer me more that Kettering Town.

"But I'd like to help the football club if possible and see their long-term future safeguarded.

"Of course it would all still depend on planning permission. But I don't think there would be too many problems in relation to access or parking."