Kettering Town go into their first game of the new year on the back of what Marcus Law felt was his side’s best display of the season so far.
A two-week break from action due to a run of postponements had little effect on the Poppies as they claimed a highly-impressive 3-0 victory at King’s Lynn Town on Boxing Day.
James Brighton gave them the lead just before half-time at the Walks Stadium before two second-half goals from Wilson Carvalho ensured a large following from Kettering went home happy.
The Poppies have suffered just one defeat in their last seven matches and have kept five clean sheets during that run, which has moved them to within a point of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division play-off places.
Law’s team are now preparing to open 2016 with a clash against Bedworth United on Saturday in a game now switched to an away encounter to make use of Bedworth’s all-weather pitch.
And the Poppies boss believes his team have become a lot harder to beat in recent weeks.
He said: “I would say our performance at King’s Lynn was one of the best of the season.
“I wouldn’t say we bossed the game and we weren’t in total control.
“But from the goalkeeper through to number 11 we defended extremely well, our work ethic was excellent and when it came to being creative play, it was very positive.
“We just looked like a good, solid outfit. We know we are going to create chances and we now know we can keep clean sheets.
“When we get a goal, teams know it is going to be difficult to break us down.”
Bedworth came up from Division One Central with the Poppies last season but have found life a bit tougher, having been in the relegation zone for most of the season.
But they recorded a fine 2-0 victory over Leamington on Boxing Day and Law knows his team can’t afford to take their foot off the gas.
“Boxing Day always throws up some surprise results, there is a different feel to it,” Law added.
“Bedworth produced one of those last weekend and they perhaps played Leamington at the right time as they have had the FA Trophy to think about and their league form has suffered.
“But what it once again shows is that anyone can beat anyone.
“If we don’t approach the game in the right way and look to play how we can then we will get stung.”