Law disappointed as Poppies’ fightback proves fruitless

Kettering Town celebrate Saul Williams' goal in the 3-2 defeat at Leamington. Pictures by Peter Short
Kettering Town celebrate Saul Williams' goal in the 3-2 defeat at Leamington. Pictures by Peter Short
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Marcus Law was unable to hide his disappointment as Kettering Town slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Leamington last night (Tuesday).

The Poppies were unable to build on their first win of the season against Merthyr Town last weekend, despite producing an excellent second-half fightback.

Andy Gooding steps up to score from the penalty sport for the Poppies at Leamington

Andy Gooding steps up to score from the penalty sport for the Poppies at Leamington

In what proved to be a thrilling contest, Kettering found themselves 2-0 down at the break but levelled the scores up within 10 minutes of the second half thanks to Saul Williams’ first goal for the club and an Andy Gooding penalty.

But the Brakes hit back themselves and Ben Mackey’s goal proved decisive as Kettering’s inconsistent start to the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign continued.

Law conceded the game would have been a good one for the fans to watch.

But he was left to rue too many mistakes from his team, who are now preparing to take on Weymouth at Latimer Park on Saturday.

Poppies boss Marcus Law watches on during his team's 3-2 loss at Leamington

Poppies boss Marcus Law watches on during his team's 3-2 loss at Leamington

“It was a game that was worth the entrance fee people would have paid,” Law said.

“Both teams were trying to win the game and unfortunately, we were the ones who came away with nothing.

“We started a bit slowly and I talked the boys through Leamington’s first goal before the game had even started so that was disappointing.

“But we came back at them. There was a goal-line clearance, we hit the bar and their goalkeeper has made some good saves.

Action from Kettering's 3-2 defeat at Leamington

Action from Kettering's 3-2 defeat at Leamington

“Then we have given away a needless free-kick and conceded the second, which made life very difficult.

“We reshaped in the second half and within 10 minutes we were level but I think we were hit by Courtney (Baker-Richardson) having to come off through fatigue more than anything.

“We stepped off a bit after that and it cost us so we are very disappointed.

“It is a case of small steps for us and we are still finding areas that we need to tidy up on.”

Don’t miss more Poppies news in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph