Poppies must keep their feet on the ground, warns Doyle

Poppies boss Alan Doyle
Poppies boss Alan Doyle

Alan Doyle has warned his Kettering Town players to “keep their feet on the ground” as they prepare for another short trip in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

The Poppies head to Banbury United tomorrow having claimed a third win in four games with a thrilling 4-3 success at Hitchin Town on Boxing Day.

Kettering remain 16 points adrift of safety but are beginning to pick up positive results with Doyle now seemingly having a settled side in place.

But he knows the Poppies will be handed severe tests in their next two games as a clash with Bedford Town at Steel Park follows on next Wednesday.

Banbury enjoyed a 3-0 win over high-flying Leamington on Boxing Day and Doyle knows his team will need to improve from a defensive point of view if they are to keep their revival going.

“We were terrific going forward at Hitchin, our attacking play was very good,” the Poppies manager said.

“But I was disappointed from a defensive point of view. We will need to be a lot better than that in the games we have coming up.

“Banbury beat Leamington on Boxing Day so they know what they are doing.

“And it is the same for Bedford as well. They are also going really well at the moment so we are in for two tough games.

“We shouldn’t forget what we have done recently but at the same time, it is important we keep our feet on the ground.”

Doyle confirmed both Ben Ford, who has joined on loan from Nuneaton Town and Robbie Maddox should feature tomorrow while first-choice goalkeeper Yannick Nlate should also return having missed out at Hitchin.