Poppies have a part to play in relegation dogfight

The Kettering Town players cut dejected figures following their 4-1 defeat at Stratford Town on Saturday. Pictures by Peter Short
The Kettering Town players cut dejected figures following their 4-1 defeat at Stratford Town on Saturday. Pictures by Peter Short
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Marcus Law admits Kettering Town’s focus is already turning towards next season.

But he knows the Poppies must be ready to take on Cambridge City in their final home game of the current campaign this afternoon (Monday, 3pm) for what is a crucial match for the visitors.

Aaron O'Connor has a shot on goal during the Poppies' loss at Stratford

Aaron O'Connor has a shot on goal during the Poppies' loss at Stratford

Cambridge arrive at Latimer Park having won four games in a row without conceding a goal and their 1-0 success over Dorchester Town on Saturday moved them two points clear of the relegation zone with two matches to play.

Kettering’s campaign is petering out into what looks like being a top-10 finish as they round things off with a trip to Banbury United on Saturday.

And while the attention is already turning towards trying to plot a promotion challenge next season, Law knows they have a part to play in the relegation dogfight.

“We will do what’s right by us but we know we have a responsibility to other teams in the league as well,” the Poppies boss said.

Jorrin John takes on a Stratford opponent during Saturday's defeat

Jorrin John takes on a Stratford opponent during Saturday's defeat

“We will respect the fact that we have a part to play in what happens down there.

“But we are in a situation where the minds of myself, my staff and people behind the scenes are already focused on organising pre-season.

“We are looking ahead and the sooner the next two games are done and dusted the better.”

The Poppies go into the clash on the back of having their three-match winning run ended by a 4-1 defeat at Stratford Town on Saturday.