Poppies boss Law hails his Poppies FA Cup heroes

Courtney Baker-Richardson celebrates one of the two goals that helped Kettering Town beat AFC Telford United 2-1 at Latimer Park. Picture by Peter Short
Courtney Baker-Richardson celebrates one of the two goals that helped Kettering Town beat AFC Telford United 2-1 at Latimer Park. Picture by Peter Short
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Marcus Law hailed his Kettering Town players after they produced one of the upsets of the FA Cup second qualifying round at Latimer Park.

The Poppies trailed 1-0 at half-time against Vanarama National League North strugglers AFC Telford United.

But the game was turned around inside the first 15 minutes of the second period with Courtney Baker-Richardson being the Poppies hero as he struck twice to secure a 2-1 success and a place in the third qualifying round draw.

And Law was delighted to see smiles on faces after the game.

“You are always happy with any win but when it is the FA Cup it does give you that extra boost because you are just moving closer to the dreamland that every non-League club wants,” the Poppies boss said.

“And the rewards that come with it in terms of a bit of extra money to help the club is always well received. It was just great to walk into that clubhouse after the game to see people smiling and hear them cheering.

“I thought we struggled at first when it came to dealing with the occasion and Telford showed their extra bit of experience.

“As much as they pressurised us, there were no real saves for the goalkeeper to make but just as it felt we were getting a foothold in the game, we gave the ball away and went a goal down.

“And when their goalkeeper has made two great saves and we have hit the foot of the post, you start wondering whether it is going to be your day or not.

“But we spoke at half-time about how we felt it was still a winnable game and for the next 25 minutes we were very good and got our rewards for it.

“Then it became a case of game management for us and the way we went about closing it out was as pleasing as anything else.”

Law reserved words of praise for match-winner Baker-Richardson who made it four goals in his last three appearances for the club.

Law added: “Courtney is really starting to get the tally up and his ratio is very good at the moment. He is giving us something we have been looking for.

“I knew of him from his days in the Coventry City academy and he is one of these lads who has had to come out of the professional game and had to learn about the working life as well as continuing to play football.

“We are really pleased with him but he isn’t the only one. There are numerous who are doing a great job for us and we are over the moon with them.”

The Poppies return to Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division action tomorrow (Tuesday) night when they make the trip to Dunstable Town.