Law: Time for Poppies to go and deliver

Aaron O'Connor takes the congratulations after opening the scoring in Kettering Town's NFA Hillier Cup success over AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Picture by Alison Bagley

Aaron O'Connor takes the congratulations after opening the scoring in Kettering Town's NFA Hillier Cup success over AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Picture by Alison Bagley

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Marcus Law believes it’s time for Kettering Town to “go and deliver”.

The Poppies kicked off a run of four successive home games with a 3-2 success over AFC Rushden & Diamonds in the first round of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup on Tuesday evening.

That extended their unbeaten run to six matches in all competitions as they prepare to entertain second-placed Dunstable Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division tomorrow (Saturday).

Kettering face a mammoth run of 12 games between now and the end of October and, after adding former Corby Town skipper Paul Malone to his squad this week, Law believes his team are well-equipped for the tough run ahead of them.

“We have done our work, we have got the squad and now it’s time to go and deliver,” the Poppies boss said.

“There is pressure on every game but that’s what happens when you are at Kettering.

“We have a lot of games coming up and we need to go and make it happen.

“Tuesday was the first of four home matches for us and we are pleased with how that run has started.

“Dunstable were an excellent side last season and I am not sure why they petered out towards the end.

“Their manager is learning the ropes and doing an excellent job there.

“They will be physical, they’ll be strong and they will have a lot of pace.

“But it will be down to the performance on the day and making the right decisions.”

Law was pleased with his team’s efforts on Tuesday as he made nine changes from the team that started last Saturday’s 2-1 success at Rushall Olympic in the FA Cup.

The likes of Malone, Aaron O’Connor, Lewis Hornby, Kaid Mohamed and Liam Canavan all featured for the whole 90 minutes.

And Law believes all of those players will get an opportunity to shine over the next month.

“Players who are not in the first 11 who needed minutes got them,” he added.

“It was disappointing to concede the goals we did but we have got that win at home at last.

“Hopefully, it is onwards and upwards from here.

“We feel really pleased because we gave players an opportunity on Tuesday and now it’s quite exciting because three or four of them could step in there comfortably.

“It’s a good position to be in and it’s going to be a lot of hard work to manage them and there are enough games between now and the end of October that will give everyone an opportunity.”

The Poppies’ main injury concern ahead of the weekend is winger Wilson Carvalho, who was due to have a fitness test ahead of the fixture.