Tough test awaits Poppies at Redditch

Rene Howe will be available for Kettering Town for tonight's clash with Redditch United, despite being red-carded against Hitchin Town at the weekend. Picture by Peter Short
Rene Howe will be available for Kettering Town for tonight's clash with Redditch United, despite being red-carded against Hitchin Town at the weekend. Picture by Peter Short

Marcus Law insists Kettering Town will be working hard to get their season firing when they travel to take on Redditch United tonight (Tuesday).

The clash will be played on the 3G surface at Bedworth United’s home ground while work continues on the redevelopment of Redditch’s Valley Stadium.

The Poppies’ Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign has yet to click into gear with a win, a defeat and a draw in their first three matches - the latest of which ended in a 0-0 stalemate with Hitchin Town at the weekend.

Tonight’s clash looks set to be another tough one for Law’s men who face a Redditch side who reached the play-offs last season and are now managed by Darren Byfield, who had a long career as a player in the Football League.

Redditch were on the end of a 1-0 loss at Weymouth at the weekend but Law is well aware of how dangerous they will be.

“They (Redditch) were unlucky at Weymouth from what I gather,” the Poppies boss said.

“I know Darren and I am aware of his philosophy and I know he has been looking to become a manager and coach for a while.

“He has made some decent signings and has kept a core of the squad that got to the play-offs last season.

“So it’s going to be tough and we also have to deal with the fact that we are on a 3G surface.

“At the moment, we aren’t firing and we are having to work our way into this season.

“We have picked up a few niggles, which is frustrating but we will be working hard to get a good result.

“Our staff met last night to go through the various reports and we have to make sure we go there and be competitive against a decent side.”

The Poppies still have a doubt over midfielder Liam Canavan who missed Saturday’s game with an ankle injury.

Striker Rene Howe is available for tonight’s game despite being sent off against Hitchin with his ban not due to start until the weekend when Kettering head to Basingstoke Town.