Law: Poppies were well worth the win

Aaron O'Connor celebrates scoring Kettering Town's second goal in the 3-1 success over Cirencester Town. Pictures by Peter Short
Aaron O'Connor celebrates scoring Kettering Town's second goal in the 3-1 success over Cirencester Town. Pictures by Peter Short
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Marcus Law felt Kettering Town were well worth their 3-1 success over Cirencester Town at Latimer Park.

Having fallen behind to the relegation-threatened Centurions, the Poppies fought back to level through Nathan Hicks.

James Hall wrapped up Kettering's win from the penalty spot

James Hall wrapped up Kettering's win from the penalty spot

Cirencester’s Ellis Dunton was sent-off for a second bookable offence in the second half and Kettering eventually took advantage with late goals from top scorer Aaron O’Connor and James Hall, from the penalty spot, wrapping up a second successive win.

The victory moved the Poppies up to eighth place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

Boss Law admitted both teams were perplexed by a “poor refereeing performance”.

But he was pleased with what he saw from his players as they battled back to pick up all three points.

Aaron O'Connor scores the Poppies' second goal at Latimer Park

Aaron O'Connor scores the Poppies' second goal at Latimer Park

“It was strange because I think a poor refereeing performance actually sparked the game into life,” the Poppies boss said.

“Both sets of players were getting very upset and annoyed by it all and I think most of thought the game should have kicked off in the morning to tie in with April Fool’s Day.

“We gave away a free-kick but only after the referee had played an advantage and then brought it back even though plenty of time had elapsed for their player to do something.

“And from that free-kick they have scored and our goalkeeper (Paul White) probably could have done better with that but he held his hands up to it.

Nathan Hicks brought the Poppies level with Cirencester by scoring from the rebound after his penalty had been saved

Nathan Hicks brought the Poppies level with Cirencester by scoring from the rebound after his penalty had been saved

“But from there, I thought we performed pretty well to be honest. Their goalkeeper had an outstanding game, there were a couple of goalline clearances, we hit the bar and we hit the post.

“They would argue that the game has turned on a questionable sending-off but I think we got what we deserved in the end, there’s not much doubt about that.

“They are battling against relegation and they did battle, they fought and they did all they could to see it out.

“But we are fortunate to have someone like Aaron who deserved the goal he got for the work-rate he put in.

“He had a goal disallowed and had other chances but he has a lot of tenacity and he kept on working hard and then took an opportunity when we needed him to.”

The Poppies return to action next Saturday when they take on play-off contenders Slough Town at Latimer Park.