Poppies 'a bit shell-shocked' after thrilling draw

Marcus Law admitted Kettering Town were left 'a bit shell-shocked' after a thrilling 4-4 draw with Redditch United at Latimer Park last night (Tuesday).

Wednesday, 28th November 2018, 3:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 9:01 pm
Dan Holman's header finds the corner for his first and Kettering Town's third goal in the 4-4 draw with Redditch United. Pictures by Peter Short

The table-topping Poppies, who have been so solid for the majority of the season, struggled to cope with Redditch’s attacking threat and found themselves 3-2 down at half-time while goalkeeper Paul White saved a penalty.

Rhys Hoenes missed a spot-kick for the Poppies after the break before two goals from Dan Holman turned the game back in their favour.

Marcus Law felt his team looked 'lethargic' from a defensive point of view

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But just as it looked like they were going to pick up a fifth league win in a row, Redditch snatched a deserved point with a goal from a corner in the final seconds of stoppage-time.

Law conceded his team looked “lethargic” defensively and the draw saw their lead at the top of the Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central cut to three points after Stourbridge picked up a 2-1 victory at Biggleswade Town, although Kettering still have two games in hand on their nearest rivals.

“As a side we looked pretty lethargic on defensive duties, we were not as solid and consistent at nullifying the opposition,” the Poppies boss said.

“We got a bit too carried away in possession and we were vulnerable to the counter-attack. Two of their goals have come from that situation and the other is from a set-piece.

“We sorted it out in the second half and it was a case of persevering and grinding it down. They defended resolutely, the goalkeeper has made some good saves and we missed a penalty.

“But we got ourselves in front and then it became a case of seeing it out and there was a lack of concentration again right at the end.

“We are bit shell-shocked that we have conceded four goals and it was certainly a game for the person sitting in the stand who spent their £10.

“We were pretty good with the ball but we left ourselves vulnerable to the counter-attack and we have to look at that and solve that issue.”

The Poppies are back on home soil on Saturday when they entertain St Ives Town.