Law frustrated as Poppies suffer late disappointment

Poppies boss Marcus Law
Poppies boss Marcus Law

Marcus Law was a frustrated man after Kettering Town were on the end of a fightback from Hitchin Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

The Poppies were on course for a third league win in a row when Dubi Ogbonna gave them a first-half lead.

It was an advantage they held into the final quarter of the game but Hitchin equalised and then sealed a 2-1 victory as they grabbed the winner with just a couple of minutes remaining.

And manager Law was full of disappointment as he felt the Poppies looked “comfortable” until Hitchin scored their first goal.

“After the first half we went in reasonably comfortably and, to be honest, that was how it stayed until the 75th minute,” Law said.

“We were pretty much in control of the game, although we needed to be tighter in the midfield and we wanted to get that second goal.

“But their players have created a couple of chances and taken them well and that’s something we have failed to do at the other end.

“Once they got the first goal, it gave them the impetus and we struggled to deal with it.

“It’s frustrating because up until 75 minutes I am feeling comfortable. I made changes for how I saw the game but we were dealing with everything until we got done from a set-piece.

“At the moment, we are having one of those seasons, which comes when building a new team.

“But we are in a league that doesn’t seem to have much consistency. Anyone can beat anyone if you aren’t at it 100 per cent.”

“We need to start finding some real consistency because the way this game went was extremely frustrating.”

The Poppies have another busy week ahead of them as they head to Stratford Town in the first round of the Red Insure Cup on Tuesday before travelling to St Ives Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy on Friday night.