Law stays calm as key decisions go against Poppies

Jevani Brown goes close for Kettering Town during their 0-0 draw with Redditch United at Latimer Park. Pictures by Peter Short
Jevani Brown goes close for Kettering Town during their 0-0 draw with Redditch United at Latimer Park. Pictures by Peter Short
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Marcus Law was in diplomatic mood after Kettering Town were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw against Redditch United last night (Tuesday).

The Poppies created the better chances in their first home game of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign but failed to get on the scoresheet for the second successive match.

Brett Solkhon in action during the Poppies' 0-0 draw with Redditch

Brett Solkhon in action during the Poppies' 0-0 draw with Redditch

But there was more than a hint of controversy at Latimer Park as Kettering were denied what looked to be two clear penalties.

James Brighton was hacked down in the area in the first half with the challenge resulting in the full-back being sent to hospital to have a shoulder injury assessed after he was withdrawn at the break.

And then, in stoppage-time at the end of the match, referee Andrew Humphries failed to spot a clear handball by visiting defender Kyle Haywes.

But Law, who was pleased to see his team earn their first point following the opening-day defeat at Poole Town, chose to be careful with his comments at the end and conceded missed chances were as much to blame.

Action from Kettering Town's 0-0 draw with Redditch United

Action from Kettering Town's 0-0 draw with Redditch United

“The game is all about 22 players as well as three officials and they have to make what they feel are the right decisions,” the Poppies boss said.

“I would like to think they have gone out there and given an honest performance and unfortunately there are probably two decisions we see differently.

“He has got his justification in not giving them and we have just got to accept it because there will be times this season when it will go in our favour.

“I am just glad no decisions stopped us from getting anything from the game.

“I don’t want to win games on a penalty or a refereeing decision. We had enough chances to get the right result.

“It would have been nice to get on the scoresheet but we have got our first point on the board and we are off and running.”

The Poppies are back in action at Latimer Park on Saturday when they take on fellow newly-promoted side Merthyr Town.

Don’t miss more Poppies news in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph