Confident Poppies all set for Leamington test

Marcus Law says the confidence is growing at Kettering Town as they prepare for tonight's trip to Leamington. Pictures by Mike Capps/www.kappasport.co.uk
Marcus Law says the confidence is growing at Kettering Town as they prepare for tonight's trip to Leamington. Pictures by Mike Capps/www.kappasport.co.uk
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Marcus Law sees no reason why Kettering Town can’t pick up another positive result when they travel to Leamington this evening (Tuesday).

The Poppies scored their first goals and picked up their first win of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division on Saturday as they beat fellow newly-promoted side Merthyr Town 3-2 at Latimer Park.

Elliot Sandy will have a rib injury assessed ahead of tonight's game at Leamington after he scored in Kettering Town's 3-2 win over Merthyr Town at the weekend

Elliot Sandy will have a rib injury assessed ahead of tonight's game at Leamington after he scored in Kettering Town's 3-2 win over Merthyr Town at the weekend

Law believes the confidence within his new-look squad is “growing” and he is keen to see more evidence of that tonight as the Poppies take on a Brakes side who were relegated from National League North at the end of last season.

“They have come down from the league above and I am sure they will be very organised,” the Kettering manager said.

“I know a fair bit about the club and their individuals and we have had them watched.

“To be honest, a lot of it comes down to how we apply ourselves and if we do things properly then we will have a chance against anyone.

“With the way the games have gone, the confidence is there and it continues to grow.

“We were glad to bring some goals to the table at the weekend, we need to tidy up our defending at set-pieces but we feel we can keep moving forward.

“We have got a points target for the month and we will be aiming to hit that.”

Law will be assessing the fitness of full-back James Brighton, who suffered a muscular injury in last week’s 0-0 draw with Redditch United, and striker Elliot Sandy who has been struggling with a rib problem.

The Poppies boss also confirmed he has a “contingency plan” in place should Sandy and Brett Solkhon be hit by bans after they were hit with Football Association charges in relation to alleged breaches of betting rules.

“I think there will be additions and it may be the case that we go through a number of players to get the squad to where we want it to be,” Law added.

“We also have the cloud of Brett and Elliot hanging over us and it would be silly not to have a contingency plan in place should things go against us.”