Law frustrated for his players as Poppies slip up

Kettering Town's Jevani Brown is denied by Chippenham Town goalkeeper Kent Kauppinen during the 2-1 defeat at Latimer Park. Pictures by Peter Short

Kettering Town's Jevani Brown is denied by Chippenham Town goalkeeper Kent Kauppinen during the 2-1 defeat at Latimer Park. Pictures by Peter Short

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Marcus Law felt “frustrated” for his Kettering Town players after they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Chippenham Town at a rain-swept Latimer Park last night (Tuesday).

The Poppies were unable to build on the 2-1 victory over Hungerford Town at the weekend with Dubi Ogbonna’s first goal of the season proving to be only a consolation after they had fallen 2-0 down to high-flying Chippenham in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

Action from Kettering Town's 2-1 home loss to Chippenham Town

Action from Kettering Town's 2-1 home loss to Chippenham Town

Kettering came up against a goalkeeper - Kent Kauppinen - in fine form as he produced a number of excellent saves to keep them at bay.

And it was left to Law to reflect on yet another hard luck story for his side.

He said: “It’s facts isn’t it? They have scored more goals than us, we have created more chances than them but they have been more clinical.

“Our individual errors were punished and we seem to have to earn and graft for our opportunities and when we do get them, we are not taking them.

Action from Kettering Town's 2-1 home loss to Chippenham Town

Action from Kettering Town's 2-1 home loss to Chippenham Town

“It was certainly a professional performance from Chippenham after coming such a distance on a Tuesday night. They were very organised and they stifled it out after we had scored.

“I thought Jevani (Brown) was excellent in the build-up and Dubi took the goal very well. But after that, we probably wanted our lads to run with the ball and be a bit more aggressive.

“We did make their goalkeeper work and he has done his job.

“But I just feel frustrated for the lads because every individual error is being punished.

Action from Kettering Town's 2-1 home loss to Chippenham Town

Action from Kettering Town's 2-1 home loss to Chippenham Town

“You can’t fault them for effort and we try to shake it up in terms of personnel to probe and create openings. It’s frustrating that we aren’t taking our chances.

“Yet again, it’s another league game where we will talk about not fearing anyone but our losing ratio is too high.”

The Poppies are now preparing for Saturday’s FA Cup third qualifying round clash with Bamber Bridge at Latimer Park.

Don’t miss a full preview of Kettering’s FA Cup clash in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph