FOOTBALL: Match Preview Kettering Town Vs Bromsgrove Sporting

Kettering Town Host Bromsgrove Sporting At Latimer Park This Saturday

Form of the sides


A 2-0 home defeat to Nuneaton Borough in their last game, as well as other results and a postponement of their home game against AFC Sudbury last Saturday, has left James Le Masurier’s side looking over their shoulders. Two wins in seven games is a run that the Poppies will be looking to bring to a very welcome halt.  

Being one point and two places outside the bottom four of the Southern League Premier Central Division does not make for good reading if you’re a Poppies supporter either, considering the tireless work by those behind the scenes. However, Kettering Town have a great chance to put that home defeat at the hands of Nuneaton behind them with a win here. 

Michael McGrath’s Bromsgrove also suffered defeat in their last game, albeit narrowly to promotion-chasing Needham Market. They sit two places and a point above the Poppies in 15th arriving at Latimer Park this Saturday, and would love the opportunity to steer clear of the bottom four themselves, with the Rouslers on a run of one win in seven games.  

The Last Meeting Of The Teams 


The Poppies have already seen off Bromsgrove Sporting this season, having won at the Victoria Ground by 2-1 under former boss Andy Leese. Tyrone Lewthwaite and new assistant manager Kelvin Langmead were the goalscorer for Kettering Town back in September, with Bromsgrove’s Keiron Berry netting a 97th-minute consolation. 


 Squad News


Speaking of Tyrone Lewthwaite, the striker’s goalscoring feats were heavily missed against The Boro, with the Poppies rarely manufacturing any decent chances, and James Le Masurier will be hoping that the 22-year-old is available for this fixture after an injury. In terms of a starting XI, the team is expected to be not that dissimilar to the one that started against Jimmy Ginnelly’s side on November 28th. 

Rouslers boss Michael McGrath may choose to stick with the same XI that started that narrow defeat, but of course as with any manager, he may take a risk or two with his starting XI that walks out that tunnel on December 9th.  



The Final Word 


A huge game awaits at Latimer Park on Saturday. With both sides in desperate need of points to stave off any relegation fears, this should be an entertaining contest for the neutral; not so much for those in attendance. This could be a pulsating hearts-in-mouth affair for both Kettering Town and Bromsgrove Sporting supporters, and it may determine the respective campaigns of both teams in the long run. 

Article was written by Shire Sounds Sports Show Reporter Jenson Coleman