Marcus Law knows all eyes will be on him to deliver promotion for Kettering Town this season.
The Poppies are preparing to get the new Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign under way with a trip to Dorchester Town tomorrow (Saturday) - 105 days on from them winning 4-1 on the same ground on the final day of last season.
That victory proved to be in vain as Kettering missed out on a place in the play-offs by just a single point after a superb run of form during the season half of the season.
Boss Law has retained the vast majority of the squad that performed so well from November onwards.
And, with expectations high in the board room and on the terraces, the Poppies boss knows what he has to achieve this season.
“It was always a two-year cycle when I came back last year,” Law said.
“So yes, this year is all about going up and that’s what we have got to achieve.
“We need to show the same sort of form we were in during the second half of last season.
“But what we can’t do is think it is just going to happen, that would be like Leicester City thinking they can just turn up and win the Premier League again.
“We know we will have to work hard and be at it in every single game.
“But if we can give a good account of ourselves more often than not then we will be in with a chance.”
Law, meanwhile, insists his senior players are focused on the job at hand and he is hoping the squad can avoid the traffic misery they suffered when travelling down to Poole Town this time last year as they slipped to a 1-0 loss at the hands of the eventual champions.
“You never really know what teams have done through the summer so the first game of the season usually has a cup final feel to it,” the Poppies manager said.
“It’s a long journey we have to deal with at a time of year when the traffic can be heavy and hopefully we can avoid the same issues we had when we went to Poole on the first day last season.
“We just want to get on with competitive football.
“We have a group of players who thrive on the competitive stuff and I am sure we will be at it when there is something at stake on Saturday.”
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