Brackley Town Football Club


Kettering Town are the visitors to St James Park in a pre-season friendly fixture as part of the Newlands Shield.

Despite being near-Northamptonshire neighbours the two clubs have rarely met, indeed playing only twice in competitive fixtures.  Those two occasions came in National League North, once last season and once in the previous season, both as early January games at St James Park and both ending level at 1-1.

Kevin Wilkin’s pre-season plans have been disrupted by Covid so he will be pleased to see his side once again take to the field.  New signings Twarif Yusuf and Alex Prosser look set to appear for Saints while several triallists will feature as Wilkin looks to finalise his squad ahead of the big kick-off on 14 August.

The Poppies have played three pre-season games to date recording wins against Stamford and Coalville Town and a 1-1 draw at Steel Park in The Newlands Shield.

Tickets for Saturday’s game are available on-line.  With Covid cases still high, supporters are asked to wear a face covering on entry and exit to the ground and when moving around and to scan the NHS Test and Trace app.


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