Same again for Poppies in Doughboys test

Marcus Law takes his Kettering Town side to Wellingborough Town for their latest pre-season friendly tonight. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Marcus Law takes his Kettering Town side to Wellingborough Town for their latest pre-season friendly tonight. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Marcus Law says it will be the same again for Kettering Town as their pre-season programme continues at Wellingborough Town tonight (Thursday, 7.45pm).

The Poppies’ fourth outing of the summer comes just 48 hours after they were beaten 2-1 by a young Luton Town side at Latimer Park.

Action from Kettering Town's 2-1 defeat to Luton Town in Tuesday's pre-season friendly at Latimer Park

Action from Kettering Town's 2-1 defeat to Luton Town in Tuesday's pre-season friendly at Latimer Park

Since then, boss Law has added goalkeeper Scott Dutton and defender Melanius Mullarkey, who is currently on international duty with St Lucia’s under-21 side, to his squad while youngsters Silvano Obeng, Niall Duffy and Brane Djujic also signed first-team registrations.

Law confirmed he is set to take a squad similar to the one that faced Luton to the Dog & Duck this evening and to Quorn on Saturday.

The Poppies boss said: “We will be taking the same squad that played against Luton but we will probably mix things up like we did in that game.

“It will be similar at Quorn on Saturday and, after that, we will have four friendlies left in which we will start looking at who may be in that team I name at Poole on the first day.”

Action from Kettering Town's 2-1 defeat to Luton Town in Tuesday's pre-season friendly at Latimer Park

Action from Kettering Town's 2-1 defeat to Luton Town in Tuesday's pre-season friendly at Latimer Park

Law described his team’s performance against Luton on Tuesday as “reasonable”.

But he insists there is plenty for the Poppies to work on.

“I thought it was a reasonable performance,” he added.

“They brought a young team but they are full-time footballers and they were very athletic, which is what we expected, although their approach probably wasn’t as aggressive as what we will face in the league.

Action from Kettering Town's 2-1 defeat to Luton Town in Tuesday's pre-season friendly at Latimer Park

Action from Kettering Town's 2-1 defeat to Luton Town in Tuesday's pre-season friendly at Latimer Park

“We came away from it with positives and negatives and we have things to work on, which is what this time of year is all about.

“No-one wants to think they have cracked it. No-one will be getting over-excited or carried away here and that’s a theme that will continue throughout the season.”