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With their play-off berth secured, Kettering Town can go into Saturday afternoon’s final fixture away to North Greenford Utd with the pressure lifted off them, but amazingly with a remote chance of winning the title. It would of course take a rather dramatic turn of events for the three teams currently above Kettering in the table to all lose or even all draw and the Poppies score a hat-full to make up the goal deficit.
Mini-miracles aside, Kettering have already achieved a remarkable comeback after being left for dead with a third of the season gone. Just two defeats in their last 31 league fixtures has seen them surge into the play-offs with a game to spare and even albeit mathematically in with a chance of the title. Daventry Town’s 4-1 reversal away to Egham Town on Wednesday evening leaves four teams that could mathematically win the championship, with Dunstable Town in pole position.
The Duns by no means have a walkover as they host Uxbridge and second-placed Rugby Town have a reasonably tough away trip to AFC Hayes. Daventry should beat Chalfont St Peter at home, leaving Kettering to likely remain in fourth spot and face a tough away test in the semi-final play-offs. The format as I understand it is a one-match knockout with the higher-place team having home advantage, which means if the the Poppies finish fourth they will be away in the play-off semi-final (to whoever finishes 3rd) and could more than likely also be away should they get through to the play-off final.
Play off Semi-finals
2nd placed team at home to 5th placed team
3rd placed team at home to 4th placed team
Play off final
Highest placed semi-final winner at home to other semi-final winner
Kettering Town have registered 22 year old forward Andrew Osei-Siribour from Arlesey Town. He goes straight into the squad for Saturday's home fixture against Royston Town.
Kettering Town have signed striker Dubi Ogbonna from from fellow Division One outfit St Ives Town.
Winding up petition officially dismissed » According to the official announcement on the club website, "... the winding up petition originally brought by HMR&C and taken over by Rushden and Diamonds 2008 Limited, has today been dismissed following full payment having been made."
Striker Scott Cross, who made his debut and scored a goal for the Poppies in the 2-1 defeat at AFC Hayes has re-signed for Daventry Town, while Kettering have signed central defender/midfielder Tommy Hull from Barton Rovers.
The long history of Kettering Town Football Club looks like its set to continue following the successful appeal of the winding up order in the High Court today.
Kettering Town 2
Daventry Town 0
Aylesbury Utd 0
Kettering Town 3
Egham Town 0
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Kettering Town 3
Coventry City follow in the footsteps of the Poppies as they prepare to leave their current landlords at Ricoh Arena and groundshare at Sixfields, home of Northampton Town ..
Pompey's administrator Trevor Birch promptly issued a statement branding the League's decision "very harsh" and hopes it can be reversed. He said: "We are extremely disappointed that the Football League has decided to impose yet another penalty on the club.
This Saturday 7th July, Poppies Radio will be broadcasting live from Nene Park to cover the new season's opening friendly fixture against Southend Manor.