Law wants the same again from Poppies

Marcus Law takes his Kettering Town team to Paulton Rovers this weekend
Marcus Law takes his Kettering Town team to Paulton Rovers this weekend

Marcus Law has called for the same again from his Kettering Town players when they head to Paulton Rovers this weekend.

The Poppies return to Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division action with a trip to struggling Paulton, who are yet to get a league win under their belts this season.

Kettering head into the clash on the back of a morale-boosting 5-0 victory at Market Drayton Town in the FA Cup last weekend.

But Paulton were victorious themselves in the cup and Law is taking nothing for granted as the Poppies aim to get their campaign back on track following a 2-1 defeat at Stratford Town in their last league outing.

“We are in a good place but we feel like we have been here before already this season,” the Kettering boss said.

“We have to stay focused and we have to continue the good things from last weekend.

“You can’t take anything for granted and Paulton won last weekend so they will feel that was their ice-breaker.

“We have to go out there and be how we were last Saturday.

“We were professional and organised and if we can do the same again then we will be in good shape.”

Law is expecting to have centre-half Dom Langdon available again after he missed the FA Cup win due to a bout of tonsilitis.

Striker Dubi Ogbonna is also set to be part of the squad after he returned from injury as a second-half substitute last weekend.

Law, meanwhile, believes the pressure will be off when Kettering take on AFC Telford United a week tomorrow.

The Poppies’ reward for the win over Market Drayton was a home tie against their old rivals, who currently prop up the rest in the Vanarama National League North.

The second qualifying round clash at Latimer Park will renew a rivalry that goes back a number of years.

The two clubs went head to head for the Conference North title during the 2007-08 season with Mark Cooper’s Kettering side eventually being crowned champions when they beat Telford 3-0 at Rockingham Road towards the end of that campaign.

Many will feel the Poppies will have a good chance of causing an upset when the two sides meet and boss Law believes it will give his players a chance to play with “a bit of freedom”.

“It’s definitely one to look forward to,” the Poppies manager said.

“It’s an opportunity for all of us to test ourselves against a team from the division above.

“And the pressure will be off in terms of expectations because Telford are the higher-ranked side.

“The lads will be able to go and play with a bit of freedom.

“It will be a big day for the club and hopefully the love of the FA Cup will shine on us.”