Law challenges Poppies to follow up their midweek success

Rene Howe in action for Kettering Town during the 3-0 win over Dorchester Town. Picture by Peter Short
Rene Howe in action for Kettering Town during the 3-0 win over Dorchester Town. Picture by Peter Short
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Marcus Law has challenged his Kettering Town players to follow up their midweek success when they make the short trip to Histon on Saturday.

The Poppies produced an impressive display at Latimer Park on Tuesday night as they saw off Dorchester Town by a 3-0 scoreline thanks to goals from Will Grocott, Spencer Weir-Daley and Rene Howe.

The victory keeps Kettering’s hopes of challenging for an Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division play-off place alive as they still have games in hand on most of the teams above them.

The Poppies will head to Cambridgeshire this weekend eight points behind King’s Lynn Town, who currently occupy the final play-off position.

But Law’s sole focus is on ensuring his team don’t let their guard slip against one of the division’s strugglers.

Histon are just four points above the relegation zone and Frome Town, who are immediately below them, have a massive five games in hand.

The Poppies have made a habit of slipping up against teams below them in recent weeks with a defeat at Cirencester Town and draws against Bedworth United and Frome immediately springing to mind.

And Law doesn’t want a repeat against the Stutes on Saturday.

“I have challenged our lads again,” he said.

“Every time we come across a team who are at the lower end, we either haven’t approached it properly or we haven’t taken our chances and we have given those sides an opportunity to gain something from us.

“We need to put that to bed and we have to go there looking to push on.

“We can’t afford to get draws here and there, we have to go and look for the win every time.”

There was some bad news for Kettering on Tuesday with right-back Liam Bateman being forced off with a hamstring injury, which could keep him out for up to four weeks.

James Brighton was also carrying a thigh problem and Law added: “We have a few bruised players so we will look at it again and use the squad.

“We will make sure we are in a good position to give ourselves every opportunity to hopefully pick up another three points.”