Kettering seek back-to-back wins for the first time

Kettering take on Bugbrooke tomorrow
Kettering take on Bugbrooke tomorrow

Doug Bridgeman wants his Kettering side to show a significant improvement when they take on in-form Bugbrooke tomorrow.

The Blues, who beat struggling Peterborough last time out, are yet to win back-to-back matches this season.

Some of the signs in recent months have been good. But Bridgeman is keen for his men to work out a few issues.

“We’ve had a disappointing start to 2014 and we’re struggling to understand why,” he said.

“We began the year on the back of a pretty good December and we had some decent training sessions over Christmas. But we seem to have lost our way a bit.

“It was all a bit more back on track against Peterborough – even if we were not firing on all cylinders – but the thing we’ve struggled for all along has been consistency.

“Bugbrooke are going well at the moment but hopefully we can continue to improve against them this weekend.”

Wellingborough will face the toughest test of their promotion credentials this weekend when they play host to Leighton Buzzard.

The Midlands Two East (South) clash pairs third-placed Boro with the unbeaten league leaders at Cut Throat Lane.

Such has been the imperious nature of Buzzard’s form this season they have not only won all 14 of their matches, they have also picked up the four-try bonus point in all-but three of them.

While it is unlikely the 17-point gap between the two can be closed, Wellingborough still need to win to keep up the pressure on second-placed Newbold-on-Avon – visitors to Manor Park for an encounter with Rushden & Higham on Saturday.

Wellingborough certainly go in to their game with form on their side.

They have lost only one of the last eight with last weekend bringing a 63-9 win over Old Scouts which included a 26-point haul with the boot for Pete Vickers.

Stewarts & Lloyds take on mid-table Queens keen to enhance their promotion ambitions.

They were helped by rivals Vipers being turned over last weekend while they were collecting a 30-12 success at Men’s Own.

In Midlands Four East (South), Oundle bounced back to winning ways with a 50-0 demolition of Westwood.

Playing only their second game in a month, the Eagles stayed in the chasing pack at the top ahead of their game with fifth-placed St Neots on Saturday.

Corby, who were not in action last weekend, return with a trip to Bedford Swifts.

Swifts will be out to avenge the 21-17 loss they suffered to Corby – at which stage they were the league leaders.