Chances not taken as Poppies’ wait goes on

There was more frustration for Marcus Law and his Kettering Town players at Latimer Park last night. Pictures by Peter Short
There was more frustration for Marcus Law and his Kettering Town players at Latimer Park last night. Pictures by Peter Short
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Marcus Law lamented his Kettering Town team’s inability to take their chances as their wait for a first home Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division season continued last night (Tuesday).

The Poppies were stunned inside the first 25 seconds at Latimer Park as Hayes & Yeading United took an early lead.

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Hayes & Yeading United

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Hayes & Yeading United

But Kettering hit back to dominate for long spells and eventually found a way through when Liam Canavan equalised just before the hour mark.

However, they were unable to push on and find a winner to as the 1-1 draw left them still without a league success at Latimer Park in six attempts.

The Poppies sit in 12th place after 10 games, 13 points behind leaders Slough Town and three behind fifth-placed Hitchin Town.

And boss Law said: “It was the same old, same old.

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Hayes & Yeading United

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Hayes & Yeading United

“We have created eight chances and scored one, they have created two chances and scored one.

“We didn’t turn up from the first minute and we have given them something to hold on to.

“It’s difficult because teams are coming to us and making it extremely hard for us and we are having to try to mix things up and try everything we can to break them down.

“But our lads persevered last night, we got our reward in the second half and we had the chances to go on and win it.

“The key thing is to make sure we take those chances when they come about and we haven’t done that enough.

“And, at the same time, we still have to cut out the silly errors that are costing us.

“We are all very frustrated. But all we can do is keep persevering.

“Are we creating chances? Yes. Are we minimising our opponents? Yes. Are we making silly errors? Yes.

“We know why things aren’t quite clicking and we are doing all we can to make sure we get it right.”

The Poppies are now turning their attention to Saturday’s big FA Cup third qualifying round clash with old rivals Boston United at Latimer Park.

Law confirmed the club have lodged an appeal against Rene Howe’s red card in last weekend’s 3-1 defeat to Dunstable Town with the outcome expected on Friday.

Don’t miss all the build-up to the Poppies’ FA Cup clash with Boston in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph