Kinniburgh not expecting an easy ride in Poppies’ run-in

Kettering Town captain Steve Kinniburgh
Kettering Town captain Steve Kinniburgh

Steve Kinniburgh knows Kettering Town are in for a tough test when they head to Godalming Town tomorrow (Saturday).

The Poppies will be aiming to strengthen their grip on top spot in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central in a clash between two in-form sides.

Kettering hold a five-point advantage over Bedworth United at the summit and also have a game in hand as they target automatic promotion.

With 12 games to go, the Poppies are very much in control of their own destiny and head into the weekend on the back of five wins in a row - the latest of which was a comfortable 4-0 victory at bottom side North Greenford United on Tuesday night.

Godalming are unbeaten in six matches themselves and Kettering skipper Kinniburgh is well aware that they, or any other team for that matter, will make it easy for his team during the run-in.

“It will be a tough game but we aren’t going to have an easy one between now and the end of the season,” Kinniburgh said.

“There isn’t one team in this division who will simply roll over for us.

“As long as we concentrate on the job then we will hopefully keep moving towards where we want to be.

“To be honest, teams will always raise their game when they are playing against the side who are at the top of the league. That’s the way it is in every league around the world, never mind this one.

“Every side wants to be the one who can say they took points off you. We have to make sure we know our jobs and then go out and do them.”

The Poppies have injury concerns over defensive duo Jason Lee (ankle) and James Clifton (hamstring) while Gary Mulligan begins a three-match ban after being sent-off in the home win over AFC Hayes two weeks ago.