Law happy as Poppies find their range

Aaron O'Connor fires Kettering Town into the lead in last night's 4-1 victory over St Ives Town at Latimer Park. Pictures by Peter Short
Aaron O'Connor fires Kettering Town into the lead in last night's 4-1 victory over St Ives Town at Latimer Park. Pictures by Peter Short

Marcus Law was happy with a decent attacking display as Kettering Town returned to winning ways last night (Tuesday).

Goals from Aaron O’Connor, Rene Howe, Ben Milnes and Rhys Hoenes helped the Poppies secure a comprehensive 4-1 victory over St Ives Town in the first of three home games in a row.

Rene Howe, who scored the Poppies' second goal, shares a joke with Gary Mulligan and Michael Richens

Rene Howe, who scored the Poppies' second goal, shares a joke with Gary Mulligan and Michael Richens

And, having been frustrated after not seeing his side take their chances in the 2-2 draw at Frome Town at the weekend, Law was pleased to see his team find their range as they maintained their unbeaten record at Latimer Park in the Evo-Stik South League Premier.

“We asked for that kind of performance,” the Poppies boss said.

“I think sometimes when we go on a little run where we haven’t won, people can get a bit over-emotional.

“We had enough chances to win the game at Frome twice over and we have created the chances again in this game and I think it was a fair result.

“You can see the confidence in the players when they are at home and we are certainly making it a difficult place to come.

“We know teams will come here and make life difficult for us and even at 1-0 you are just looking for that second goal but when it came it broke the seal and they opened up a bit more, which provided us with a bit of space.

“It was nice to see attacking players showing that guile and determination and had it not been for some classic defending, some unlucky misses and some good saves then it could have been more.

“But if we keep creating the chances, we know we have players who will take them.”

The win saw Kettering move back up to second place on goal difference from Weymouth and Tiverton Town.

They remain seven points behind leaders King’s Lynn Town, who won 5-0 at St Neots Town last night, but still have two games in hand.

However, Law insists he isn’t focusing too closely on the league table for the time being.

“There are certainly six teams in the mix right now,” Law added.

“But to be honest, I’m not really looking at it at the moment. I know the business end will be in March and April.

“I am just concentrating on getting to Christmas, getting as many points as we can, keeping the home form as good as it is and making sure we are hard to beat on the road.

“We have had a couple of disappointing defeats but after the number of league games we have had, we know we are in the mix.”