Poppies and Crows ready for a 'six-pointer'

John Ramshaw has labelled Kettering Town's home clash with Royston Town tonight (Tuesday) as a 'six-pointer' in the battle for the play-off spots in the Evo-Stik South League Premier.

Monday, 12th February 2018, 2:18 pm
Updated Monday, 12th February 2018, 2:23 pm
Play-off rivals Kettering Town and Royston Town are set to do battle at Latimer Park tonight - just 10 days on from their previous meeting in the Evo-Stik South League Premier. Picture by Peter Short

The two teams meet at Latimer Park just 10 days after Royston beat the Poppies 4-3 in the reverse fixture.

Since then, the Crows have continued their impressive form of late with a 4-1 success at Frome Town at the weekend while the Poppies edged out AFC Rushden & Diamonds in a penalty shoot-out in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup semi-final before their home match with Tiverton Town fell victim of the weather on Saturday.

Royston are still nine points behind Kettering going into this evening’s encounter.

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And head coach Ramshaw knows the picture could look either very good or slightly more tricky depending on the outcome.

“Let’s not beat around the bush, Royston are a very good side and, to be honest, they probably deserved to beat us in the game down there,” he said.

“It’s a quick turnaround for the two teams and obviously we will be looking to make sure the result goes in our favour this time.

“But it’s a six-pointer as far as the play-off places are concerned.

“They have got a game in hand on us which, in the form they’re in, you’d expect them to win so if they beat us then you are looking at a potential gap of just three points. That would obviously bring us right back into the mix.

“At the same time, if we can get a win then it would be a big step towards us getting into the those play-offs so there is plenty to play for in a big game.

“This is a tough period for us, we knew it was going to be a hard month.

“We had the difficult game at Royston and then we had a very tough match with AFC Rushden & Diamonds, which we managed to come through.

“Now it’s Royston again. It’s a difficult period but it’s a challenge we are well up for.”