‘Job done’ as Poppies make it two home wins in a row

Action from Kettering Town's 2-0 victory over Cinderford Town at Latimer Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Action from Kettering Town's 2-0 victory over Cinderford Town at Latimer Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Marcus Law felt it was a case of “job done” after Kettering Town claimed a 2-0 victory over Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division bottom markers Cinderford Town on Saturday.

Two goals in as many first-half minutes from Aaron O’Connor and Brett Solkhon wrapped up a second win and clean sheet in a row at Latimer Park as the Poppies bid to find some much-needed consistency.

Jack Kelly enjoyed an impressive debut for Kettering Town before limping off with an ankle injury

Jack Kelly enjoyed an impressive debut for Kettering Town before limping off with an ankle injury

Law admitted the last two home matches have been far from pretty but he believes his team are finally adjusting their game on their own ground.

“We have played a lot better than that and come away scratching our heads and frustrated that we haven’t got the three points,” he said.

“We made a decision that we have got to stop doing things for show and be spoilers and get the job done.

“The last two home performances haven’t been pleasing on the eye, pretty or exciting but we have got the job done.

“Once we got to 2-0 it was a case of trying to nullify the opposition. There were a few nervous moments but I am pleased with two clean sheets and two wins at home on the bounce.

“They will look at opportunities they have had where they haven’t hit the target.

“Managers talk and they will all say that they want to come here and frustrate us and frustrate the supporters and try to nick one.

“But I believe we fully understand that now and we are embracing it and dealing with it.”

The Poppies return to action with another home clash against eighth-placed Frome Town tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

And they could have a couple of injury concerns after Gary Mulligan suffered a bloodied nose in the first half while new signing Jack Kelly’s encouraging debut ended with him limping off with an ankle problem.

Both will be assessed by Poppies defender Dom Langdon who is temporarily standing in as the club’s physio Richard Bath had been forced to step down.

“Gary went to hospital and it looks like a couple of stitches but we heard a click or a crack when it happened,” Law added.

“Jack came off with an ankle injury towards the end and we will have to look at that.

“Unfortunately, our physio isn’t available so for the time being Dom will be dealing with that and he is more than qualified to do that.

“He had a little niggle and if we hadn’t had the personnel then he could have played.

“But the welfare of players is very important. Dom has qualifications to help the lads and with Jack coming in, we discussed it with Dom and he was comfortable with doing it.”