"Telford take on the Poppies on Tuesday night"
Match Date : February 22nd, 2022 7:45 pm
Competition : National League North
Ground : Latimer Park
Kick Off : 19:45
The Bucks head to Northamptonshire to face Kettering Town this Tuesday.
The reverse fixture in December was Paul Carden’s first league game in charge of the Bucks, and the sides played out a 2-2 draw – Telford coming from two goals down to claim a point. But Carden and the Bucks will be coming up against a Town team with a different manger in the dugout this time around.
The then Poppies boss, Paul Cox, stepped down in January to take the reins at Boston United, with Kettering subsequently moving to bring in the man who masterminded King’s Lynn Town’s rise up the ranks, Ian Culverhouse.
In Culverhouse’s first game in charge, the Northamptonshire side, who play at Burton Park Wanderer’s Latimer Park, narrowly lost 1-0 to Kidderminster. But since then they’ve gone five unbeaten, including registering wins at Darlington and Blyth and at home against Southport. And that run of form has reignited the Poppies playoff push, which had stalled in Cox’s final two months with the club.
Kettering, who currently sit two points outside the playoffs in 8th, have the division’s seventh-best defence and ninth-best attack. However, in January top-scorer Callum Powell left for Southend United, while ex-Buck Kyle Perry joined Nuneaton. Jordan Crawford and Decarrey Sheriff (six goals apiece) now shoulder much of the goalscoring responsibilities, with former Bucks Connor Johnson and Riccardo Calder still featuring in the Town squad.
Telford haven’t won at Kettering since 2009 but are unbeaten in three against the Poppies. Paul Carden’s men will be looking for another positive performance against the Poppies, then, as the Bucks seek out a first away league win of the season.
Ground Address: Polwell Lane, Burton Latimer, Kettering NN15 5PS
Last match: York City 3-1 AFC Telford United
Top scorer: Jason Oswell (8)
Last match: Blyth Spartans 1-2 Kettering Town
Top scorer: Jordan Crawford and Decarrey Sheriff (6)