Poppies get another chance to end their home blues

Paul Malone gets up to win a header during Kettering Town's defeat to Dunstable Town at the weekend. Picture by Peter Short

Paul Malone gets up to win a header during Kettering Town's defeat to Dunstable Town at the weekend. Picture by Peter Short

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Kettering Town will hope to finally break their duck at Latimer Park tonight (Tuesday) when they take on Hayes & Yeading United in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

The Poppies are still waiting for their first home success of the season in the league and it is their fine away form that has ensured they are in a mid-table position going into this evening’s clash.

Kettering’s latest setback in front of their own fans came at the weekend when they went down 3-1 to high-flying Dunstable Town, a defeat that came about after the Poppies had taken an early lead before Rene Howe was sent off after just 18 minutes.

Boss Marcus Law believes his team are performing well at present, despite their barren run on their own pitch.

And he is hoping things will turn in his team’s favour tonight as they take on a Hayes team who have struggled since being relegated from National League South last season.

“I know I keep repeating myself but we must cut out these individual errors because they are costing us at home at the moment,” Law said.

“I don’t think we are playing differently at home, I think everyone would agree that our standard of play and the football we have produced has improved over the past few weeks.

“The little breaks haven’t been going for us and that has hurt us, particularly at home.

“But we are playing pretty well, we are creating goalscoring opportunities and we have to keep at it and I remain confident that things will turn for us.”

Law confirmed both Spencer Weir-Daley and James Brighton are doubtful for tonight’s clash after picking up knocks at the weekend.

Howe is available for the game but will start a second ban of the season when the Poppies take on Boston United in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday unless the club wins an appeal against his red card against Dunstable.