Law laid back as Poppies face up to a month on the road

Marcus Law's Kettering Town side kick off a run of away matches at Stratford Town this weekend. Pictures by Peter Short
Marcus Law's Kettering Town side kick off a run of away matches at Stratford Town this weekend. Pictures by Peter Short
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Kettering Town will be racking up the miles during September.

After being handed what was widely seen as a tough run of fixtures in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division during August, the Poppies now face another challenge on the road.

Andy Gooding celebrates after scoring Kettering Town's opening goal in the 2-1 win over King's Lynn Town on Monday

Andy Gooding celebrates after scoring Kettering Town's opening goal in the 2-1 win over King's Lynn Town on Monday

They head to Stratford Town tomorrow (Saturday) before travelling to Market Drayton Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup next weekend.

Then follows a league trip to Paulton Rovers while a clash at Dunstable Town rounds off the month on September 29.

Aside from an NFA Hillier Cup clash with Corby Town on September 22 and the possibility of a home FA Cup second qualifying round tie on September 26, Kettering will be away from Latimer Park until they face Hungerford Town on October 3.

But, while conceding it’s far from ideal, boss Marcus Law is feeling laid back about the situation.

Action from Kettering Town's 2-1 victory over King's Lynn Town on Bank Holiday Monday

Action from Kettering Town's 2-1 victory over King's Lynn Town on Bank Holiday Monday

He joked: “The league are certainly testing us!

“It was a tough run during August and now, aside from a county cup match, we don’t have a home game until the start of October.

“The fixture computer could have been kinder but it is what it is.

“I hope the fans continue to travel to back us, I have no doubts that they will.

“The trip to Market Drayton in the FA Cup should be a good one and this weekend it’s game at a nice little ground at Stratford and there are some good people at that club.

“It is another tough run on the road for us but this is Kettering Town. If we didn’t have this to complain about then there would always be something else!”

Law, meanwhile, looks set to have some selection dilemmas ahead of tomorrow’s clash.

Both Brett Solkhon and Ollie Thorne missed Monday’s 2-1 victory over King’s Lynn Town but should be available again this weekend.

“It will be quite interesting when it comes to looking at the team for this weekend,” the Poppies manager said.

“I made some changes after Saturday as well and players have come in and taken their opportunity.

“It’s a good problem for me to have.”

Poppies goalkeeper Jamie McAlindon, meanwhile, has joined Rugby Town on a dual-registration.

McAlindon started the first four games of the season but was dropped for the 1-0 home defeat to Weymouth with Enol Ordonez taking his place.

The Spaniard has now featured in the last three matches and produced an impressive display in the victory at Frome.

Kettering have a 24-hour call back clause for McAlindon should they require him.