Law glad Poppies are still in with a ‘sniff’

Richard Bryan shows his delight after scoring Kettering Town's winner in the dramatic 5-4 win over Histon. Picture by Jim McAlwane

Richard Bryan shows his delight after scoring Kettering Town's winner in the dramatic 5-4 win over Histon. Picture by Jim McAlwane

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Marcus Law is pleased Kettering Town are still in with a “sniff” despite a stuttering start to the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division season.

The Poppies returned to winning ways in dramatic fashion on Saturday as they beat Histon 5-4 at Latimer Park.

Kettering had been 4-1 up at one stage before Histon fought back to make it 4-4, only for Richard Bryan to secure the points with his first goal for the club.

The victory lifted the Poppies up to 16th place in the table but, in what is proving to be a tight division, they are just four points behind Redditch United who sit in fifth - the last of the play-off positions.

Law is now preparing for tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s trip to sixth-placed Biggleswade Town and he is pleased his team are still in touch with the upper reaches of the table, even though he insists he isn’t “overly happy” with the way the campaign has started.

“We now have two massive away games, really tough encounters,” said Law, whose team travel to Hitchin Town next Saturday.

“We are still improving and still regenerating the squad and while we are doing that, it’s pleasing that we are still able to hang on in there as far as the league table is concerned.

“We have to take heart from that. We’re not overly happy with the way the season has started but we are still in with sniff and that’s a good thing.”

Law, meanwhile, was pleased with the performance of newest recruit Michael Richens during the victory over Histon.

The defender joined the Poppies on loan from Hemel Hempstead Town on Friday and was thrown in for his full debut.

“Michael started slowly but he really came through in the end,” Law said.

“I thought he made a big difference for us. To be honest, none of the goals came through his side and he was a real threat in the attacking areas.

“He has initially joined us for a month and we will just see what happens in that time.”