Law believes Poppies can be a force from now on

Rene Howe takes the congratulations after scoring the winner for Kettering Town at St Neots Town last weekend. The Poppies host Frome Town tomorrow
Rene Howe takes the congratulations after scoring the winner for Kettering Town at St Neots Town last weekend. The Poppies host Frome Town tomorrow
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Marcus Law believes his Kettering Town side are going to be much more of a force as they embark on the second half of the season in the Evo-Stike Southern League Premier Division but insists it is still a work in progress at Latimer Park.

The Poppies have played 23 of their 46 league matches and sit just three points outside the play-off spots ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday) home clash with Frome Town.

That is despite an inconsistent campaign and a slightly turbulent period off the pitch.

But Law feels things are starting to take shape and expects his men to push on for the rest of the season.

“We’re halfway through and if you look at the results we feel we should have done better,” he explained.

“There were certainly games we deserved to lose but you can count them on one hand.

“I know hindsight is great, but if we had turned half our losses into draws – which we should have done – we would be in the play-off places.

“That is the incentive for us going into this half.

“We’re only getting stronger considering the changes we have made.

“We have always said this season is about consolidating and rebuilding.

“The plan is to be challenging next year but, considering where we started in the summer, it’s pleasing we’re still competitive.

“To get out of this league you have to have a Conference North-strength side so if a promotion comes earlier than expected we need to be ready.

“That is what we are building towards and we’ve made some real positive signings.

“Certainly the lads that have come in from Corby have added an impetus that is being felt through the side.

“We’re hard to beat now. We need to score more goals but that will come.

“We’ll certainly be stronger in this half than the last half and the challenge now is pushing on.

“And going into the summer we will have a good idea of what we need to add – rather than this year when we built from scratch.”