Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019

By David Simpson

Tough test at Coalville is the next stop in Poppies' two-horse race

Automatic promotion slot at stake

A crucial month for Kettering Town continues with a trip to play-off contenders Coalville Town this weekend. The Poppies are embroiled in a two-horse race with Stourbridge for the sole automatic promotion place in the Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central.

Having moved to within two points of the leaders on New Year’s Day, both teams won last weekend to ensure the gap remains the same with Marcus Law’s team still having three games in hand. Those are about to come into play with the Poppies’ game at Coalville being followed by a midweek clash with fifth-placed Biggleswade Town at Latimer Park next Tuesday while Coalville also visits Kettering on January 22.

It means the Poppies will have four games between now and January 26, which is the date they make the trip to the West Midlands for a showdown against Stourbridge. Kettering has picked up 13 points from a possible 15 since suffering a humbling 4-1 defeat at Banbury United on December 15.

Law knows his team will have to at least match what Stourbridge do in their matches and then take advantage of their games in hand before the top two collide at the end of the month.

“At the moment, I think it’s fair to say we are looking at a two-horse race,” the Poppies boss

Jon Dunham

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