Marcus Law believes the battle for starting roles in Kettering Town’s opening-day clash at Poole Town will really pick up next week.
The Poppies boss was pleased with another run-out for his players as they picked up a comfortable 5-1 victory at Wellingborough Town last night (Thursday).
Kettering eased into a 3-0 lead in the first half thanks to goals from Jevani Brown, Elliot Sandy and Dubi Ogbonna before Saul Williams added a fourth in the second period.
Brett Solkhon’s own-goal got the Doughboys on the scoresheet but the Poppies rounded things off late on thanks to youngster Eathan Curtis.
Law takes his team to Quorn for their latest pre-season friendly tomorrow (Saturday) and, once that is out of the way, he expects the competition for places for the first day of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign on August 8 to click into gear.
“We were up against a team who were very organised and I am sure they will be competitive in their division,” Law said of his team’s clash at Wellingborough.
“That was what we wanted. It was another game where I could players more minutes.
“With the circumstances we had with some lads unavailable, we dropped a few into different positions and they have come out of it pretty well.
“We are now starting to see fitness grow and selection headaches are beginning to form.
“I watched Kettering a couple of times last season and I have been getting feedback from people at the club and a bit of pace is something that was required.
“We kept the core and they will be the first to tell you they are not the pacy ones. So we have added from the under-21s and the surrounding area and it’s coming together.
“There are still things to be sorted and that’s pleasing because you never want to get ahead of yourself.
“By the end of the game at Quorn, everyone would have hit the minutes I wanted. Then it will be competitive running into the games at Daventry and Bedford for those starting roles at Poole. We are getting to the gritty end of pre-season now.
“It’s an exciting time and the lads are beginning to feel more comfortable and they are understanding how we are trying to do things.
“It’s now a case of trying to control the expectation. We are still relatively new together and there will be things that we need to tidy up.
“We are a new team forming under new management that has been promoted to a very tough division and that’s something people should remember.”
Law, meanwhile, believes the cautious approach he has taken to his work in the transfer market has paid off as he still expects to add to his squad before the big kick-off.
Former Histon goalkeeper Enol Ordonez played the full 90 minutes at the Dog & Duck while former Tamworth and Rugby Town midfielder Will Grocutt was also involved again.
And Law added: “We could have rushed off and signed 20 players at the start of the summer and then done nothing when a whole host of players became available nearer August.
“It is starting to happen now. Players have been trying to get into the Football League and National League and it hasn’t quite happened. I have opened that window of opportunity, knowing it would happen.”