Marcus Law is hoping the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division fixture list will throw up a festive treat for Kettering Town and Corby Town next season.
The Poppies and Steelmen are set to collide in league matches for the first time in 44 years in the forthcoming campaign after Corby were switched back to the Southern League, having been originally placed in the Northern Premier League, following Cinderford Town’s decision to turn down promotion.
The fixtures will have plenty of added spice with Law going head-to-head with Steelmen manager Tommy Wright, who played under the current Poppies boss during a spell at Tamworth while Kettering are also hoping to retain a number of ex-Corby players who helped the club win the Southern League title just over a year ago.
The Southern League fixtures are due to be released on Friday, July 15.
And Law believes the Christmas period will be the perfect setting for the two derby matches.
When asked for his thoughts on Corby’s switch to the Southern League, the Kettering manager joked: “Well, it means we hopefully won’t have to travel very far on a bank holiday next season!
“But I think it could be perfect for Boxing Day and the Christmas period, there would be no better time for those games to happen.
“Corby will be feeling confident knowing they have won this league recently.
“They have had that experience and they are a team that have dropped down from the level above so I am sure they will be coming in to challenge at the top end.
“The games will mean I go up against one of my former players and we are in a situation where we had a number of their title-winning squad joining us last season.
“Players are always wanting to outdo each other so I am sure there will be lots of elements that will make the games interesting.”
Law and his players are due to return for pre-season at the end of the month and he expects that to be the start of the serious transfer activity at Latimer Park.
“We are back on June 28 and from that point we will begin to nail everything down,” he added.
“The conversations we have had so far have been good and there is a decent vibe coming out of everyone.”
Kettering Town are holding open trials for next season’s under-18 and under-21 teams at Latimer Park on Tuesday, June 21 between 6.30pm and 8pm.
The under-18 team will play in the Northants Senior Youth League while the under-21s will compete in the United Counties League. Players aged between 16 and 19 are welcome to attend.
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