We must start taking our chances, says Poppies boss Law

Kettering Town celebrate Gary Mulligan's goal at Stratford Town but the Poppies slipped to a 2-1 defeat. Picture by Peter Short
Kettering Town celebrate Gary Mulligan's goal at Stratford Town but the Poppies slipped to a 2-1 defeat. Picture by Peter Short

Marcus Law again bemoaned Kettering Town’s inability to take their chances after they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Stratford Town.

Having picked up two wins in a row over the bank holiday weekend, the Poppies were brought back down to earth in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

They took the lead through Gary Mulligan but were pegged back by a penalty soon after before Stratford won it with a second-half strike.

And boss Law is adamant that his team’s biggest issue is that they are putting themselves under pressure for not taking the chances they are creating.

“To be honest, everything up to the final third is fine,” the Poppies manager said.

“It won’t look that way because we are getting punished for lapses of concentration.

“But the pressure we come under builds up because we aren’t punishing teams with the chances that we being created.

“If we take the opportunities and become more threatening with the possession that we have then other things won’t happen.

“We have got the current personnel in place but we are always looking at how we can improve.

“We are creating opportunities and every member of our attacking force have had opportunities to score but aren’t taking them.

“It is a results based business and we have lost another game.

“We have to start taking our chances because the longer it goes on, the more the pressure will build every week.”

The Poppies now have a full week to prepare for Saturday’s FA Cup first qualifying round clash at Market Drayton Town.

And Law knows exactly what they will need to work on during training.

“It’s a big game in the FA Cup and it is an awkward place to play, I have been there numerous times and never had it easy,” he added.

“We have all week to prepare and we will be working hard on sorting out the final third.

“Regardless of the opposition, if you don’t take your chances then you will always be under pressure and that’s what we must rectify.”