Poppies snap up midfielder Jepson

James Jepson has signed for Kettering Town
James Jepson has signed for Kettering Town

Kettering Town have completed the signing of Gresley midfielder James Jepson.

Jepson played against the Poppies in Gresley’s 2-0 win at Latimer Park in the preliminary round of the FA Cup in August.

But he has now become the latest arrival at Kettering following the return of forward Kieren Joseph on Monday.

And manager Dean Thomas has confirmed there could be further arrivals on the horizon as the Poppies place their full focus on the Calor League Division One Central campaign following their FA Carlsberg Trophy exit at the hands of St Ives Town last weekend.

“We have signed James, which is good news for us,” Thomas said.

“He was Gresley’s captain, he is a tidy player and he has good leadership qualities, which is something we need.

“We are trying to get another centre-half in and there are few other things to sort out as well.”

Thomas, meanwhile, was pleased with what he saw from his players as they made a quick return to winning ways on Monday night with a 5-0 home success over Daventry Town in the first round of the Red Insure Cup.

And while the Poppies boss acknowledged the in-form Division One Central leaders made significant changes to their side, he insisted the victory was most welcome for his own players.

“I think the win will give us more confidence and, from that point of view, it has served its purpose,” Thomas said.

“I thought we played some decent stuff and we were also quite aggressive at times, which was good to see.

“They obviously made a lot of changes, which people will point to. But we made one or two ourselves and you can only try to beat what is put in front of you.”

Kettering have also confirmed defender Stuart Wall has gone back to King’s Lynn and he has now joined United Counties League side Yaxley on a dual registration while Luke Knight has also been released by the Poppies.

Find more Poppies news in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph