Poppies set for a good test against Grantham

Poppies assistant-manager Dean Greygoose
Poppies assistant-manager Dean Greygoose

Dean Greygoose believes Kettering Town will benefit from a test against a side at an equivalent level when they take on Grantham Town in their next pre-season friendly tomorrow.

The Gingerbreads are in the Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division – the same step at which the Poppies now find themselves following their double demotion, which came about after the club entered a Company Vountary Arrangement to clear their crippling debts.

And assistant-manager Greygoose is sure the game is just what his team needs as they look to continue their impressive pre-season form.

“We have played two professional clubs in the last couple of matches in Stoke City and Milton Keynes Dons,” he said.

“And before that we played against Southend Manor and Cogenhoe who are from a couple of levels below.

“So this is going to be a good test for us against Grantham.

“It is going to be a very similar standard as to what we will be up against in the Southern League Premier Division.

“It will give us a chance to put the work we have done in training onto the pitch against a side from the same level.”

The Poppies are set to run the rule over more trialists as manager John Beck continues the process of building a squad virtually from scratch.

Kettering currently have 10 players on board for the new campaign.

And Greygoose added: “We had another successful trials day last Sunday and there were about 60 players who came along.

“We have had 14 of those training with us this week and there is a good chance a few of those will get some game time tomorrow.

“It is a very busy time and we are working hard to put a good squad together on the budget that is available.”