Solkhon and Sandy ‘in a good place’ for Poppies’ tough opener

Elliot Sandy played in Kettering Town's 0-0 draw at Barwell on Tuesday and is set to feature in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division opener at Poole Town. Picture by Jim McAlwane

Elliot Sandy played in Kettering Town's 0-0 draw at Barwell on Tuesday and is set to feature in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division opener at Poole Town. Picture by Jim McAlwane

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Marcus Law insists Brett Solkhon and Elliot Sandy are “in a good place” with the duo all set to be part of Kettering Town’s squad for tomorrow’s (Saturday) Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division opener at Poole Town.

Solkhon and Sandy had until yesterday (Thursday) to respond after they were last week hit with Football Association charges for alleged breaches of betting rules.

But the two fans’ favourites featured in the Poppies’ final pre-season friendly as they drew 0-0 at Barwell on Tuesday night.

And Law has confirmed they will be involved on the south coast this weekend, despite those charges still hanging over them.

“The pair of them are in a good place,” the Kettering manager said.

“We are all going through the process but they played on Tuesday night and performed well.

“They are getting on with it and being the non-League professionals that they are.

“At times like this you can only control the controllables and for them, that is playing football.

“I expect both of them to be involved on Saturday and I am sure they will play key roles in what we will try to do.”

Law is set to confirm his squad for the clash after training this evening as he prepares to take charge of his first league game at the club since returning in the summer.

The Poppies completed six new signings yesterday with goalkeeper Enol Ordonez, Justin Marsden, Mohammed Hamid, Courtney Baker-Richardson, Richard Bryan and James Brighton all joining the club.

And Law knows a trip to take on last season’s runners-up, who were pipped at the post for the title by Corby Town on the final day, will be a “good measuring stick” for his new-look team.

“We have to look at a few things concerning availability as a couple of lads have family commitments to deal with,” he added.

“We will assess everything and pick the squad we feel can go there and get a good result.

“It’s a case of onwards and upwards for us – and why not just play the team that bossed the league for 36 weeks last season in the opening game?

“It is certainly going to be a good measuring stick for us to play Poole this weekend.”