Law: It feels like a new start for Poppies

Kettering Town boss Marcus Law
Kettering Town boss Marcus Law

Marcus Law admits it feels like a “new start” for Kettering Town.

The Poppies added no fewer than five new signings to their squad ahead of the weekend’s 1-1 draw at Merthyr Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

One of the new arrivals, Wilson Carvalho, smashed home an excellent stoppage-time equaliser to earn the Poppies a share of the spoils on Saturday while Liam Bateman, who is on loan from Aston Villa, Herve Pepe-N’Goma and Ben Stephens were also involved.

Rene Howe is awaiting international clearance before he can make his return in a Poppies shirt after also being announced as a new signing on Friday.

That may come tomorrow (Tuesday) night when Kettering return to Latimer Park to take on Chesham United.

And Law was pleased with what he saw at the weekend.

“It does feel like a new start,” he said.

“The whole week leading up to the game was very positive.

“We approached things slightly differently and the influx of new signings has really livened things up a bit.

“We were unfortunate to go a goal down but the boys gave absolutely everything and they got what they deserved. That’s what we want from them.”

Law, meanwhile, reserved special praise for former Corby Town man Carvalho who struck in the nick of time while he was also impressed with the contribution Stephens, who has joined from Oadby Town, made as a second-half substitute.

“He is your archetypal winger, he can be in and out of the game,” Law said of Carvalho.

“But when he was in the game he was a massive threat and that was the reason we left him on the pitch.

“It really was a great strike when we needed it the most and I know he was as happy as us to score it.

“Ben came on and he looks a really tidy player. We know what he is capable of doing and he had a couple of shots soon after he came on.”