Steelmen to host Poppies’ next two fixtures and possibly two more as well

Corby Town chairman Kevin Ingram
Corby Town chairman Kevin Ingram

Corby Town have confirmed they have agreed a “two-game package” that will see Kettering Town play their next couple of Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division ‘home’ fixtures at Steel Park.

The confirmation from the Steelmen comes after Ritchie Jeune, who is helping the Poppies during their financial crisis, revealed a new deal had been set up with Corby chairman Kevin Ingram.

The agreement will see the Poppies play Bedworth United in Corby this Sunday (3pm) and they will also be back in Sunday action on December 9 when they take on Chesham United.

The Steelmen play Hayes & Yeading United at home in the first round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy this Saturday and will also play 24 hours before Kettering’s clash with Chesham with Hinckley United the visitors on December 8.

Ingram said: “Ritchie Jeune, acting on behalf of Kettering Town, and I have agreed a deal for Kettering to play their next two games at Steel Park, and potentially a further two more depending on what happens with their planned takeover by a group of investors.

“This will take us up to the turn of the year and we will review it again at that time.

“I must stress that this is a commercial ground hire agreement and not a ground share agreement. All monies will be paid up front and all arrangements are now in place.”

The Poppies are still awaiting the outcome of talks that are apparently taking place between majority shareholder Imraan Ladak and a mystery consortium over a proposed takeover.

They are due to play Weymouth at home on December 22 and Bedford Town at home on New Year’s Day in the two other games Ingram referred to. On both Saturdays, the Steelmen are also due to play home matches.

Ingram, meanwhile, is hoping a “bumper” crowd will be on hand to cheer on the Steelmen in Saturday’s FA Trophy clash with Blue Square Bet South side Hayes.

Just 299 people turned out for last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Blue Square Bet North high-fliers Oxford City.

And Ingram added: “With our own FA Trophy game on Saturday against Hayes & Yeading it will be a busy weekend at Steel Park.

“The cup game is important for us in not only keeping our unbeaten run going but also an opportunity to progress in the competition and look forward to some big games ahead.

“We are hoping for a bumper crowd to cheer the team on as Chris (manager Plummer) and his team have done a great job in recent weeks and really do deserve to see a big attendance.”