Law a happy man as Poppies pick up their first win

Brett Solkhon heads off to celebrate after scoring Kettering Town's first goal in their 3-2 win over Merthyr Town. Pictures by Mike Capps/www.kappasport.co.uk
Brett Solkhon heads off to celebrate after scoring Kettering Town's first goal in their 3-2 win over Merthyr Town. Pictures by Mike Capps/www.kappasport.co.uk
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Marcus Law felt Kettering Town were good value for their first win of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign.

Having picked up just one point from their first two games without scoring a goal, the Poppies hit the ground running at Latimer Park as they claimed a 3-2 victory over fellow newly-promoted side Merthyr Town.

Elliot Sandy enjoys the moment after scoring the Poppies' second goal against Merthyr

Elliot Sandy enjoys the moment after scoring the Poppies' second goal against Merthyr

Goals from Brett Solkhon, Elliot Sandy and summer signing Courtney Baker-Richardson sealed the points.

Kettering are now preparing for a trip to Leamington, who were relegated from National League North last season, on Tuesday night as their tricky first month of the season continues.

And Law said: “We always knew we were in for a tough first month when the fixtures came out but it was going to be harder because we are still in our infancy as a squad as well as going into the league above the one the club were in last season.

“I am really pleased that in the first three games we have got more points than matches played.

Courtney Baker-Richardson takes the congratulations after grabbing Kettering's third goal against Merthyr

Courtney Baker-Richardson takes the congratulations after grabbing Kettering's third goal against Merthyr

“Having not scored a goal in our first two, we got three and we have got our first win so it was a good day for us.

“I thought that for 75 per cent of the game we were the stronger force, although I wouldn’t say we dominated the game.

“We have scored some good goals from open play and I thought we were well worth the three points.

“There are still things to work on and we have conceded another goal from a corner so that’s something we need to manage and get organised for.”

Both Solkhon and Sandy still have the cloud of a Football Association charge for alleged breaches of betting rules hanging over them.

But Law was delighted to see both players grab their first goals of the season as they emphasised their importance to his new-look squad.

“Brett had gone close in the first two games so it was only a matter of time before he got one,” the Poppies boss added.

“The second goal was great because it came about from some very good play through the midfield and Elliot took it very well.

“We put Courtney on towards the end when Merthyr were going for it.

“It left them a bit exposed at the back and both Courtney and Jevani Brown exploited that. It was good to see Courtney get off the mark.”