Leamington clash with give Poppies an early indication, says boss Law

Kettering Town's Rene Howe challenges Dorchester's Dory Yates for a high ball during the Poppies' opening-day success. Picture by Peter Short
Kettering Town's Rene Howe challenges Dorchester's Dory Yates for a high ball during the Poppies' opening-day success. Picture by Peter Short

Marcus Law believes Kettering Town will get an early indication of “where we are” after they have played Leamington at Latimer Park tonight (Tuesday).

The Poppies’ opening home game of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division season is a big one as they take on a Brakes team, who were edged out by Hungerford Town in the play-off final back in May.

Kettering and Leamington are two teams who are expected to challenge for honours this time around and the Poppies enjoyed a decent start to their campaign at the weekend as goals from Liam Canavan and Callum Westwood secured a 2-0 success at Dorchester Town.

At the same time, Leamington were also getting off to a winning start as they beat Cirencester Town 3-1 at home.

And Kettering boss Law is well aware a tough task awaits his troops when they return home this evening.

“Leamington are regarded as one of the favourites for this season and rightly so,” he said.

“They were unfortunate to miss out in the play-off final and they will be strong again. We will certainly have a good indication of where we are after the game.

“Hopefully we can put on a good performance. Saturday has given us a bit of confidence but we know we are going to be up against it.

“But we will go out there and try to perform well. If we do that then we will give ourselves a great chance of getting a positive result.

“We were pleased with Saturday. You always want to keep a clean sheet and, although it took us a while to find a goal, I thought we were well worth the three points.

“But we aren’t going to get over-excited. All it is is one good result that we need to build on.”

Law confirmed the Poppies have no new injury problems coming out of the weekend and he is hopeful right-back Liam Bateman will be available after he missed the trip to Dorset.

If he does return, that will leave Wilson Carvalho as the only absentee as he sits out the third of a six-match ban.

“Everyone came through the weekend without any problems,” Law added.

“We are hopeful of having Liam available for the game and that would be a big boost for us.”