Law feeling ‘positive and excited’ for Poppies’ clash with Chesham

New signing Wilson Carvalho lets fly with the superb stoppage-time strike which earned Kettering Town a 1-1 draw at Merthyr Town on Saturday. Pictures by Peter Short
New signing Wilson Carvalho lets fly with the superb stoppage-time strike which earned Kettering Town a 1-1 draw at Merthyr Town on Saturday. Pictures by Peter Short

Marcus Law believes Kettering Town will go into tonight’s (Tuesday) home clash with FA Cup heroes Chesham United “feeling positive and excited”.

The Poppies snatched a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser to claim a 1-1 draw at Merthyr Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division at the weekend.

Elliot Sandy shows his delight after Wilson Carvalho scored the Poppies' late equaliser at Merthyr

Elliot Sandy shows his delight after Wilson Carvalho scored the Poppies' late equaliser at Merthyr

Law included four new signings in his squad for the game with one of them, Wilson Carvalho, securing a share of the spoils with an excellent late strike.

Chesham hit the national headlines after claiming a 1-0 victory at Sky Bet League Two club Bristol Rovers in the first round of the FA Cup a couple of weeks ago and have a clash at Bradford City to look forward to a week on Sunday as a result.

But they have struggled in the league so far this season and go into tonight’s game sitting in 19th place in the table.

Law said: “I think we are going into it feeling positive and excited.

Poppies boss Marcus Law is looking forward to tonight's clash with Chesham United at Latimer Park

Poppies boss Marcus Law is looking forward to tonight's clash with Chesham United at Latimer Park

“We need to make sure we follow up a good performance from the weekend.

“We have have to concentrate on what we need to do.

“It’s a difficult one for their manager at the moment, I have been there myself.

“They have done so well in the FA Cup and there is going to be another massive opportunity for their players in a short while.

Wilson Carvalho was one of five new signings Kettering made ahead of the 1-1 draw at Merthyr Town on Saturday

Wilson Carvalho was one of five new signings Kettering made ahead of the 1-1 draw at Merthyr Town on Saturday

“Will that be in the back of their minds? Possibly.

“But I am not going to get lost in all of that. We have to go out there and make sure we perform to our full capabilities.

“There were some good performances at the weekend and the new boys came in and did well. “I am sure they will be keen to replicate that in front of our supporters.”

Law confirmed the club are still awaiting international clearance to enable Rene Howe to make his playing return for the Poppies after he was confirmed as one of five new additions ahead of the weekend.

Both Gary Mulligan, who pulled out of the game at Merthyr due to illness, and Ollie Thorne will have their fitness assessed ahead of kick-off but the match is set to come too soon for striker Courtney Baker-Richardson as he continues to recover from an ankle problem.