Reluctance to shoot needs resolving if Poppies are to make some progress

MARCUS LAW MANAGER  KETTERING TOWN,  Kettering Town v Merthyr Town, The Southern Football League, Burton Park, Saturday 15th August 2015Kettering Town v Merthyr Town, The Southern Football League, Burton Park, Saturday 15th August 2015 NNL-150817-162734002
MARCUS LAW MANAGER KETTERING TOWN, Kettering Town v Merthyr Town, The Southern Football League, Burton Park, Saturday 15th August 2015Kettering Town v Merthyr Town, The Southern Football League, Burton Park, Saturday 15th August 2015 NNL-150817-162734002
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Marcus Law stated before the season had even begun that he and his Kettering Town team could not have picked a tougher opening five games.

A tricky start was not helped by the uncertainty brought about through FA charges for Brett Solkhon and Elliot Sandy regarding betting rule contravention.

Now both the quintet of matches has been negotiated and the players have been told they can continue playing, there is perhaps a chance to take a re-evaluate a little at Poppies.

A win, a draw and three defeats from the opening few weeks of action is certainly not ideal.

But boss Law believes it is only a matter of time before things fall into place.

“Points-wise it has definitely been a little disappointing,” he said.

“But performance-wise we have been competitive in all our matches.

“I can take solice from the fact that in every single game we have been competitive.

“I can’t look back at any of the games and say that we have been dominated – if we had I would be concerned.

“We know the problems in front of us can be resolved.”

Those problems primarily lie in their inability to score goals.

They have found the net on just five occasions with three of those coming in the win over Merthyr Town and the other two in the loss at Leamington.

It means the other three encounters have seen them draw blanks and Law knows that needs to be corrected.

He explained: “The game is all about scoring goals – if we’re not doing that we are not going to win matches.

“As soon as we start hitting the back of the net things will click into place and we will all get going.

“The players need to take responsibility.

“If they are not prepared to shoot to then it is going to hurt us.

“It was like on Saturday against Weymouth.

“They had one opportunity and took it and then we started playing panic football.

“If the chances are there we need to have a go. If the players are passing responsibility we will never go forward.”

This weekend provides them with a perfect opportunity to push on.

They head to Somerset for a clash with winless Frome Town – a side who have shipped 10 goals already.

However, Law is keen to calm any thoughts of goals flying in.

“These type of games tend to get a lot expectation from the fans,” he added.

“But it will still be a tough game. Frome have just appointed a new manager and that tends to make the players raise their game.

“Also we are still trying to find the right combinations.

“Do I know my strongest team at the moment? No.

“But I have said this whole year is about building.

“We’re still working it 
out. We’ll get there, we’ll be fine.

“With the status of the club and the personnel we have here I am sure we will be at the right end of the table.

“It will take a little time but when it clicks I know we will be a good side.”