Law is ready as Poppies prepare to take on Redditch

Kettering Town manager Marcus Law
Kettering Town manager Marcus Law
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Marcus Law knows it will be another “tough ask” for Kettering Town when they travel to third-placed Redditch United tonight (Monday).

The Poppies make the trip with plenty momentum behind them after they claimed their best result of the season so far when beating Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division leaders Poole Town 1-0 at Latimer Park on Saturday.

The victory made it three games without defeat for Law’s men and moved them up to seventh in the table.

And while he knows his team are in for another tough examination this evening, he believes the Poppies’ recent upturn in fortunes won’t have gone unnoticed by their opponents.

“They (Redditch) are on a great run and I know (manager) Liam McDonald and (assistant) Nick Green well,” Law said.

“They both played for me during my first spell as manager of Kettering and they fancy their chances this season. They have signed some very good players.

“It will be a tough ask to go and play the side who are third so quickly after playing the leaders.

“Maybe Redditch will be looking at us though. They will have noticed the results we have picked up.

“The game on Saturday was a real battle for us and it means we will have to look closely at the way we select the team for tonight.

“But we will do what we believe is required to try to keep this run going.”

The Poppies’ fine form has been, in no small part, down to a flurry of new signings in recent weeks.

Wilson Carvalho’s third goal in as many games secured Saturday’s win over the table-toppers while the other new arrivals have all played key roles.

“After the Burscough game it was clear that we needed to do something but if I am truthful, things were already in motion by that time,” he added.

“Everything seemed to fall into place for us as far as the new signings were concerned.

“They have all come in and helped create a new dimension and the existing players have bought into it.

“The spirit was there to see in the Merthyr game and we have carried it on in the two home matches that have followed.”

Gary Mulligan is available again tonight after he served a one-match ban on Saturday but injury victims Ollie Thorne and Courtney Baker-Richardson have both been rated as “touch and go” by Law.

The Poppies’ most recent signing, goalkeeper Paul Walker, is also waiting to make his debut after Law kept faith with Craig Hill for the win over Poole.