Solkhon remains confident Poppies can turn the season around

Brett Solkhon in action during Kettering Town's 2-2 draw with St Neots Town on Tuesday night. Picture by Peter Short
Brett Solkhon in action during Kettering Town's 2-2 draw with St Neots Town on Tuesday night. Picture by Peter Short
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Brett Solkhon insists the Kettering Town players will “back” manager Marcus Law as they bid to turn their fortunes around in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

It’s been yet another tough week for the Poppies after their hopes of reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup were ended in a 3-1 defeat at Vanarama National League side Solihull Moors last weekend.

And the frustration only grew on Tuesday night as wait for a first home league win of the season continued as Kettering were forced to battle back from 2-0 down at half-time to draw 2-2 with St Neots Town at Latimer Park.

The result has left the Poppies languishing in 17th place in the table, just two points above the relegation zone.

It’s not been the start most expected. The club made it clear that promotion was the target but, heading into this weekend’s home clash with Weymouth, they are 10 points off the top five and a huge 18 behind leaders Slough Town.

It has all resulted in the pressure growing on Law but club legend Solkhon insists the Poppies squad believe they can still turn things round.

“There have been lots of ups and downs and we aren’t even in November yet,” Solkhon said.

“We had the disappointment of failing to get into the first round of the FA Cup and we tried to pick ourselves up for Tuesday night.

“Kettering has always been a hard place to come to but we do have this hoodoo at home.

“We can’t seem to get any luck at the moment. We seem to be on top of games but we are getting hit by sucker punches on the counter-attack.

“To go in 2-0 down at half-time on Tuesday was disappointing but we gave it our best shot in the second half. We could have scored five or six.

“We are working as hard as possible. We back the manager and we are trying to do as well as we can.

“We just have to keep working hard and hopefully the luck will change and we will be able to get on a good run at home.

“It’s another big game tomorrow, Weymouth are a good team and we need to go into it with confidence following the second-half display on Tuesday.

“If we can start on the front foot and get an early goal then hopefully that can set us up.

“We are working hard, it’s a long hard season and it’s still early days.

“We firmly believe we can turn things round.”