Poppies’ derby clash at Daventry called off

Kettering Town manager Dean Thomas
Kettering Town manager Dean Thomas

Kettering Town’s Calor League Divsion One Central derby at Daventry Town tonight (Tuesday) has been postponed.

The rain in the county this morning ultimately ended any hope of the game going ahead and an afternoon inspection confirmed the Communications Park pitch was waterlogged.

The Poppies have played just two league matches so far this year and currently have 19 games to fit into the the final 10 weeks of the season as they aim for a play-off place.

They are due to return to action at Chertsey Town on Saturday but that area has been hit particularly hard with flooding during the heavy downpours in recent weeks.

A statement from the Poppies said: “We have been told by Chertsey that the game is already doubtful.

“The pitch is on the flood plain for a tributary of the Thames and as such is already partly flooded with up to a foot of water.

“The water usually drains very quickly but relies on weir gates being opened , and due to the dangers of more flooding in the area this is unlikely to happen. We should be able to advise finally on Friday.”

Kettering, meanwhile, will now play St Ives Town at Latimer Park on Tuesday, March 4. They had been due to play at Barton Rovers that night but they now have to play in a county cup match on that date.

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