Match Preview: Kettering Town v St Ives

The second leg of the Bank Holiday feast of football continues on Monday as the Ives make the trip to Kettering Town as they continue their PitchingIN Southern League Premier Division Central programme.


The Poppies of Kettering are back at this level following their relegation from the National League North last season. However, they have found the first few weeks of the season hard going with just a solitary point to their name so far. That came courtesy of a 2-2 draw against Halesowen last Saturday. The remaining four games have seen defeats against Stamford, Stourbridge, Barwell and Redditch. The Poppies currently sit just one place off the foot of the table and in the squad for them on Monday will be defender Ben Toseland who has had a couple of spells with the Ives, the most recent being last season.


The Ives make the trip looking for a much needed victory having lost two out of their last three matches, the latest being a 1-0 defeat at home to Leamington on Saturday. Boss Ricky Marheineke made several changes to that line-up including naming skipper Michael Richens who started on the bench, but he should be in line for a start at Kettering. Brandon Njoku looks set to continue to lead the forward line which will once again be missing Jonny Edwards as he recovers from an appendix operation. Aaron Smith is also in line for a start after being unavailable on Saturday whilst Dan Barton, who came off the bench against Leamington, could get more minutes under his belt.


Tickets can be purchased online or on the gate. The prices are:

Adults: £15.00 Concessions: £10.00 Under 16’s: FREE with a full paying Adult. Concessions are over 60’s and a student with a valid student card. If you wish to purchase a ticket in advance, the link is HERE


If you are heading to the game, a reminder that Kettering play their home games at Burton Latimer. The ground address and parking details are below.

Kettering Town FC, Latimer Park, Powell Lane, Burton Latimer NN15 5PS. Please note that there is limited parking at Latimer Park, but the Alumasc car park (next to the ground) on the right by the entrance, is available.