Marcus Law felt Kettering Town produced a “professional” display as they cruised into the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.
The Poppies inflicted a 5-0 hammering on Evo-Stik Northern League Division One South outfit Market Drayton Town in yesterday’s (Saturday) first qualifying round tie.
Two Andy Gooding penalties and further goals from Courtney Baker-Richardson, Will Grocutt and Jevani Brown sealed the convincing victory and ensured Kettering took their place in the draw for the next stage, which will be made at lunchtime tomorrow (Monday).
And Law was pleased to see his team come through a “difficult test” as they saw off a team who had won their previous four matches without conceding a goal.
“After a positive week, it was a positive outcome,” the Poppies boss said.
“The lads were professional and organised and did everything that was asked of them.
“We showed again that we can control a game and we had a bit more desire to go and get a goal.
“I thought Liam helped give us that link between the midfield and the strikers and we put them under a lot of pressure.
“There was only going to be one outcome once Courtney had made it 2-0 and I was glad he got his goal. We have told him that if he works that bit harder then things will happen for him and that’s the way it went.
“It was a difficult test but you have to go through these games in cup runs.
“If you want to be that team that goes on a run and gets all the limelight then you have to come through the tough matches and we have got through one of those.”
Law, meanwhile, had a word of praise for midfielder Gooding, who made it four goals this season with three of them coming from the spot.
“He is what you would call a steady eddie,” Law added.
“We have asked him to be a bit more productive for us and he is doing that.
“His performances have been good so far and we will keep working with him to keep it going.”