Law wants standard maintained after Poppies’ cup heroics

Courtney Baker-Richardson celebrates one of his goals as Kettering Town beat AFC Telford United 2-1 in the FA Cup on Saturday. The Poppies return to league action at Dunstable Town tonight. Pictures by Peter Short
Courtney Baker-Richardson celebrates one of his goals as Kettering Town beat AFC Telford United 2-1 in the FA Cup on Saturday. The Poppies return to league action at Dunstable Town tonight. Pictures by Peter Short
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Marcus Law is hoping Kettering Town can cope with the “come down” from their FA Cup heroics when they resume their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign at Dunstable Town tonight (Tuesday).

The Poppies make the short trip down the M1 on the back of a fine run, which has seen them win six of the last seven matches in all competitions - the latest of which was a 2-1 success over Vanarama National League North side AFC Telford United in the FA Cup at the weekend.

Action from Kettering Town's FA Cup success over AFC Telford United

Action from Kettering Town's FA Cup success over AFC Telford United

That earned them a home clash with Bamber Bridge in the third qualifying round a week on Saturday.

But, for the time being, Law wants full focus on gaining league points to get his team moving up the table.

And he insists the busy month ahead, which will see the Poppies play 10 times in just under five weeks, could be a good thing for them.

“That’s what non-League football is all about, the games are always coming thick and fast,” Law, who celebrated his 40th birthday yesterday, said.

Action from Kettering Town's FA Cup success over AFC Telford United

Action from Kettering Town's FA Cup success over AFC Telford United

“But that’s what you want. It means the boys will be seeing plenty of each other and it means we will be in and around the directors and fans a lot as well, which is no bad thing.

“Tonight is all about dealing with the come down from a good day at the weekend.

“We are going into a league fixture and we have to make sure we keep to the same standard and look after the old cliche of the bread and butter.”

Law looks set to have a full-strength squad to choose from and he knows he and his coaching staff have their work cut out in ensuring everyone within the set-up stays happy.

“Everyone is fit and Dubi (Ogbonna) was close to coming on at the weekend before Courtney (Baker-Richardson, who scored both goals) did what he did,” the Poppies boss added.

“I was able to look at the bench on Saturday and see some excellent options.

“That is a good thing from my point of view but it is important that the staff and I manage the players properly.”

Dunstable currently sit in 20th position in the Premier Division table, five places below the Poppies, although they were also successful in the FA Cup at the weekend when they beat Kingstonian 2-0 at home.