Law pleased with the perseverance

Marcus Law (right) has been impressed with his side's battling spirit
Marcus Law (right) has been impressed with his side's battling spirit

Marcus Law hailed the spirit of his Kettering Town side after they again left it late to collect three points in the Evo-Stik Premier Division last weekend.

Three goals in the last 15 minutes saw them come from behind to beat Cinderford Town – a feat they matched seven days later when strikes in the 85th and 90th minutes earned them a 3-1 success over Cirencester Town.

Despite having little to play for now a play-off place is almost certainly out of reach, the determination to win games has impressed the Poppies boss.

“It’s coming to the time of year when we’ve got nothing but pride to play for,” Law explained.

“I think if Merthyr win this week we are definitely out of the play-offs but we’re hanging on a prayer as it is.

“They need to lose every game and that’s not going to happen.

“So for us to keep going in these matches is good and the attitude of the players has been excellent.

“That’s twice we’ve gone 1-0 down and come back and five of the six goals we’ve scored have come in the last 15 minutes.

“We’ve carried on perservering and it shows the kind of group they are.

“And we’ve controlled the two games as well. It’s only because the opposing goalkeeper has performed excellently that we’ve not won earlier.”

This weekend will provide the Poppies with a different kind of challenge.

Will Cinderford and Cirencester both have concerns at the wrong end of the table, the opposite is the case for Slough Town.

The currently sit fourth and are interested in securing as good a finish as possible in the play-off places.

That is something Kettering will be out to hinder.

“They’ve still got a lot to play for and I don’t think they are particularly going to enjoy coming to our place,” Law

said.

“They have a plastic pitch and play expansively.

“Burton will be a bit different and we have to use that to our advantage.

“Our home form has not been great – it’s been our nemesis if you like – but we will try to use the situation to help us this weekend.

“I find these games intriguing.

“I’ve often been on the other end of them at this stage of the season when we’ve been pushing for promotion.

“When you come up against sides who have nothing to play for it often gives them a freedom to play – there’s no pressure.

“That can bring out the best in them and that’s what we’ll be looking for.

“We want to put in another good performance and maybe cause a little bit of an upset to Slough’s season.”