Marcus Law believes a tough weekend for Kettering Town is just what they need to start gathering some serious momentum.
An overhaul of his squad, which has seen a flurry of new signings arrive over the last week or so, seems to have had the desired effect.
The Poppies grabbed a late equaliser in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Merthyr Town before they followed that up with an impressive 3-0 victory over Chesham United at Latimer Park on Tuesday night.
Two of the new boys, Wilson Carvalho – who also scored that goal at Merthyr – and Rene Howe were on target in midweek while Herve Pepe-N’Goma and Liam Bateman also played key roles.
The Poppies are in for two big tests in the space of 48 hours this week, however.
They take on leaders Poole Town, who moved eight points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division with a 7-0 drubbing of Histon on Tuesday, at Latimer Park on Saturday before heading to third-placed Redditch United on Monday night.
But Law believes the “positivity and belief” in his team, who are up to ninth in the table, is there for all to see.
“We are in for a long weekend because Poole and Redditch are flying high,” the Poppies boss said.
“It is going to be tough but the difference in the dressing-room is clear.
“There is a lot more positivity and belief and that is credit to the players who have come in and the new staff who have joined us.
“I think the fans can see it. There is excitement in the players and there are lads who are ready to graft.
“Now we need some momentum and there is no better opportunity to get that than against two of the top three teams in the league.”