Marcus Law had feelings of “frustration and relief” after Kettering Town were held to a second successive goalless draw last night (Tuesday).
Having drawn 0-0 with Slough Town on Saturday, the Poppies headed to another of their fellow high-fliers in the Evo-Stik South League Premier in the form of Redditch United.
But another even contest ended in deadlock to ensure Law was left with mixed feelings.
Kettering are now without a win in five matches in all competitions and have scored just one goal in that period.
However, they remain firmly in the mix at the top end of the table and have now claimed five clean sheets in a row in the league.
And Law insists if this spell proves to be a “blip” for his team then he will settle for it.
“It was a game which was very similar to the one that we played at home (which Kettering won 1-0),” the Poppies boss said.
“In the last five to 10 minutes, it could have gone either way. Both teams deserved their clean sheets and both teams could argue that they deserved to nick it.
“Both goalkeepers pulled off good saves so I think we have come out of it with a mixture of frustration and relief. We are frustrated we haven’t won the game but we are relieved we haven’t lost it either.
“If this is our blip, then I will take it. It’s five clean sheets in a row in the league and we are taking points off the teams who are our rivals at the top end at the moment.
“We are defending properly and that is giving us a foundation to build on.
“We are obviously frustrated that we aren’t taking our chances but we have scored plenty of goals this season and I have no doubt that we will get back to doing that with the options that are available to us.”
The Poppies are now gearing up for an FA Trophy first qualifying round clash at Leek Town on Saturday, which could prove to be the first of a potential run of seven away matches in a row.
And Law added: “We have got a lot of away trips coming up, which makes it more of a challenge.
“The key for us is to stay positive and ensure things keep going in the right direction.
“We have had some tough games already this season and when we come up against teams a bit further down the table, it’s important we match what our rivals have done against the.”