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Swan: All we want is to play Poppies
6:21pm Wednesday 7th November 2012 in News
REDDITCH United chairman Chris Swan is keeping his fingers crossed Saturday’s trip to crisis club Kettering Town goes ahead.
The Southern League Premier clash in Northamptonshire hing-es on whether the Poppies can find a new ground to play on, after being shut out of their Nene Park home.
The Reds are keen to start picking up points and a victory over Kettering would help to increase their confidence after a month of contrasting results.
Kettering are currently investigating several possibilites about where to play, with a chance it could be staged at Corby Town’s Steel Park base.
Redditch’s cash-strapped opponents have not played a game since their 7-0 thrashing by Bashley on October 6 but they were given a boost last week when the league lifted a transfer embargo and decided not to expel them despite their money problems.
Despite the reprieve, the game against Barwell on Saturday came too soon as Kettering struggled to find players but hopes are high this weekend’s clash will go ahead (3pm ko).
The chairman also stressed how important it is for clubs to be run sensibly.
Swan said: “I am quite hopeful about the match going ahead and the talk is now it will be played at Corby Town.
“What happened to Kettering just illustrates how important it is to live within the club’s means.
“We always pay our debts straight away and are building up the club from a solid financial base.”
Swan also believes he can see signs of progress from Simon Redhead’s side, which has been struggling for consistency. Un-ited kicked off October with excellent wins against St Neots and AFC Totton but were edged out 1-0 by Barwell and Frome.
They also stunned Conference North Worcester City in the Worcestershire Senior Cup a fortnight ago.
Meanwhile, Redhead has vowed to continue his striker search, despite drafting in highly experienced hitman Simon Johnson.
Johnson, who started his career at Leeds United, has a vast amount of experience after playing for Hereford United, Don- caster Rovers and Solihull Borough to name but a few.
The 29-year-old was at Hinckely United but left because of their current financial problems.
Despite the addition, Redhead is keen to bring in a target man to complement his new addition.
“We’re delighted to have signed Simon, he’s got a lot of experience and that will be important for a young squad.
“He’s got an excellent pedigree and I am hoping he can make an impact.
“I am still looking for a target man to bolster our striking options as well.”
Redditch, who entertained St Albans in the league last night, will be without Liam McDonald (ankle) and Jack Cresswell (ribs) for Saturday’s Kettering clash.
The manager added: “I am looking for six points from the next two games.
“We’ve been up and down but I believe we will start picking up results.”