Law urges caution but believes Poppies now have what it takes

There were celebrations on the pitch and the terraces last weekend as Wilson Carvalho's goal was enough to give Kettering Town a 1-0 win over Poole Town. Picture by Mike Capps/www.kappasport.co.uk
There were celebrations on the pitch and the terraces last weekend as Wilson Carvalho's goal was enough to give Kettering Town a 1-0 win over Poole Town. Picture by Mike Capps/www.kappasport.co.uk

Marcus Law knows Kettering Town can’t afford to get ahead of themselves as they bid to continue their upturn in fortunes against Cambridge City at Latimer Park this weekend.

The Poppies are unbeaten in three matches since a flurry of new signings came through the doors and picked up their best win of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division so far when they beat leaders Poole Town 1-0 at home last Saturday.

Their clash at Redditch United on Monday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch so Law’s full focus is now on the match with Cambridge.

The Poppies’ recent good form has seen them close in on the play-off places and while Law has urged caution, he now believes he has a squad that knows what is required to be successful.

“We have been stung before when we may have got ahead of ourselves so we have to tread carefully,” the Kettering manager said.

“We have to focus on the next game and nothing else and make sure we are in the right place when it comes to preparation.

“I think the help from the new players has been there for all to see.

“I look around our dressing-room and we have lads who have won titles before.

“They all know what is required if you want to be successful.”

Law conceded the game at Redditch falling victim to the weather may not have been a bad thing after a real battle with Poole on a heavy Latimer Park pitch.

Kettering are due to travel to Cirencester Town next Tuesday and Law expects the weather to continue to play a part in their schedule.

He added: “We are busy bees at the moment aren’t we?

“I am sure the weather will still have a part to play in the games that lie ahead but the match being off on Monday probably wasn’t a bad thing for us.

“It was a real battle on a heavy pitch against Poole last weekend and that meant we were looking at having to make changes for Redditch.

“But now we will have a couple of good training sessions under our belt ahead of what will be another very difficult game.

“Cambridge have some quality players and we have to make sure we are ready.

“We just have to make sure we keep our heads and continue to perform like we have been.”

Liam Canavan will serve a one-match ban tomorrow but Gary Mulligan is available again after he missed the victory over Poole Town due to suspension.