Break comes at a good time as Poppies prepare for Merthyr trip

Chris Carruthers in action during his debut for Kettering Town last weekend
Chris Carruthers in action during his debut for Kettering Town last weekend

Marcus Law believes a break from match action came at a good time for Kettering Town this week.

The Poppies suffered a second-half capitulation at Latimer Park last weekend as Evo-Stik Northern League Division One North outfit Burscough claimed a 3-0 success in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.

That result came at the end of a week that had started with Law considering his position after an inconsistent start to the season.

But Law received the backing of the club’s board and was then joined in the dugout by former Histon boss Brian Page, who as been appointed as his new assistant-manager.

Kettering’s scheduled Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division clash with Leamington on Tuesday was called off with the Brakes facing an FA Trophy replay with Rushall Olympic, which was subsequently postponed due to the weather.

And Law conceded that game being off “probably did us a favour” as he aims to rally the troops ahead of this weekend’s trip to Merthyr Town.

“We hadn’t trained for probably three or four weeks due to the way the fixtures have fallen,” Law said.

“We had a trip to Bideford to deal with and we had matches on Fridays and Wednesdays so it’s made it tricky.

“The Leamington game being off this week probably did us a favour.

“Things have not been good and we really needed this break to regroup.”

The Poppies boss, meanwhile, believes there are similarities between the Poppies and Merthyr, who made progress in the FA Trophy in midweek as they claimed a 2-1 win at Hastings.

Kettering currently sit in 12th in the Premier Division with Merthyr five positions below them but just three points behind.

And Law believes both clubs, as well as a few others, have suffered from not being able to find a consistent run of form so far.

Goals from Brett Solkhon, Elliot Sandy and Courtney Baker-Richardson gave Kettering a 3-2 home success over Merthyr on the second weekend of the season.

And Law added: “They are very similar to us. On their day they will hurt anyone but they are like most teams in the league in that they are searching for that consistency.

“At this moment in time I am focusing on getting our structure right and the personnel right.

“At the end of the day it’s all about making sure we do our bits right because if we do then we will be in with a shout of winning any game.”

Law revealed this week that full-back Michael Richens has now returned to Hemel Hempstead Town after a loan spell while summer signings Jevani Brown and Saul Williams are “reviewing their situations” after being left out of the squad last weekend.