Poppies handed home clash with Burscough in FA Trophy

Kettering Town celebrate Gary Mulligan's goal during the 1-0 win at St Ives Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy on Friday night. Picture by Peter Short

Kettering Town celebrate Gary Mulligan's goal during the 1-0 win at St Ives Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy on Friday night. Picture by Peter Short

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Kettering Town have been handed a home tie with Burscough in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy.

The Poppies will take on the Evo-Stik Northern League Division One North outfit at Latimer Park on Saturday, November 14 after Gary Mulligan’s goal proved to be enough to hand them a 1-0 success at St Ives Town in the first qualifying round last Friday night.

And Poppies boss Marcus Law was happy to see his team “get the job done” on Friday night while also being delighted with a first clean sheet since the 1-0 victory at Paulton Rovers on September 19.

“Any win is a good win and the performance is soon forgotten if you get through a round of a knockout competition,” the Poppies boss said.

“Playing on a Friday night brought with it a different dynamic in terms of preparation and it was a case of going there and doing the job.

“We could have made it a lot easier for ourselves but we missed a penalty and they put us under pressure at times.

“We just got the job done and I am happy that we looked solid and got the clean sheet that has been a long time coming.”

Burscough, who play in the same division as Kettering’s FA Cup conquerers Bamber Bridge, beat higher-ranked opposition in the form of Colwyn Bay 1-0 in their first qualifying round clash on Saturday.

The Poppies, meanwhile, return to Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division action tomorrow (Tuesday) night when they take on Biggleswade Town - a team they beat 3-1 just two weeks ago.