Marcus Law is hoping the Kettering Town fans can help create a “hostile environment” for tomorrow’s (Saturday) Emirates FA Cup showdown with Boston United.
The Poppies take on their higher-ranked old rivals, who play in the Vanarama National League North, struggling for form at Latimer Park.
Law’s men are still yet to pick up a home success in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division this season, much to the frustration of the manager, players and fans alike.
Their latest setback came on Tuesday night when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hayes & Yeading United after Dunstable Town had claimed a 3-1 success at Latimer Park last weekend.
Given that poor run at home, Kettering will head into the third qualifying round home tie as the underdogs this weekend.
But Law has called on the Poppies fans to do what they can to make life tough for their opponents.
“I think our fans can help make it as uncomfortable as possible for Boston,” Law said.
“We are talking about an ex-Football League club and they will be used to various comforts.
“We need to create a hostile environment and make sure we put the pressure on them.
“Our fans are brilliant when they are right behind our lads and I am sure they will be for such a big game.
“It’s one for everyone to look forward to and we will be doing all we can to stay in the competition.”
Despite the tough run on home soil at present, Law admits he would be “extremely worried” if his team weren’t creating opportunities.
He knows chances will need to be taken when they come on Saturday but he also believes the way Boston approach the clash could play a key role in how the tie pans out.
“A lot will depend on how Boston approach the game,” Law added.
“They will feel they are better than us and we may have less of the ball, which might not be a bad thing.
“We are creating chances and I would be extremely worried if we weren’t.
“But we aren’t taking enough of them and we are allowing teams one or two opportunities and they are taking them.
“In this game more than any other, when the chances come we will have to take advantage of them.”
Should tomorrow’s game end in a draw, the replay will be at The Jakemans Stadium on Tuesday night.