Marcus Law wants Kettering Town to get “points on the board” as they prepare for two successive home matches – the first of which is against Redditch United tonight (Tuesday).
The Poppies suffered something of a nightmare on the first day of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division season as they didn’t arrive at Poole Town until 3.15pm on Saturday.
They conceded after just two minutes and Richard Gillespie’s early header proved to be enough for last season’s runners-up while Kettering also had Dubi Ogbonna sent off for two bookable offences in the second period.
But Law felt his team did enough to get something from the game.
And, with a clash against Merthyr Town at Latimer Park to follow next weekend, he is keen to see his players get off the mark this evening.
They will be boosted by the returns of defender Dom Langdon, who was suspended at the weekend, and forward Jevani Brown, who missed the game due to personal reasons.
And the Poppies boss said: “We are looking forward to it. Hopefully there will be a reasonable crowd in.
“I think everyone is feeling pretty positive. You have to take into consideration the situation we found ourselves in at the weekend.
“But we still could have taken something from it and we can be confident that we can compete in this league.
“We are still looking for that right formula but we have two games in a row now and we want to get some points on the board.
“We want to install that feel-good factor around the club and couple of it with the excitement that you get at the start of the season.
“The fans will want to see a good work ethic, enjoyable and attacking football but we know they will will want a good result as well.”
The clash with Redditch sees Law go head-to-head with Liam McDonald in the opposing dugout.
McDonald, whose team were beaten 1-0 at home by Cirencester Town on Saturday, played for the Poppies under Law during his first stint with the club.
He added: “I have never been pitched against him as a manager so I am looking forward to that.
“He’s done very well considering it is his first job and they were unfortunate to miss out on the play-offs last season.
“I know he is keen to go one better this year and I am sure they will be keen to get one over on us.”