Dubi Ogbonna is hoping Kettering Town can make up for their FA Cup disappointment by having a run in the FA Trophy.
The Poppies will be aiming to avoid another upset when they head to Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central high-fliers St Ives Town in the first qualifying round tonight (8pm kick-off).
Kettering suffered a 3-2 loss to Bamber Bridge – another team from the level below – in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup and Ogbonna is keen to ensure there is no repeat of that against the club he left to join the Poppies.
Kettering are bidding to bounce back from a 2-1 loss at Hitchin Town in the Premier Division last weekend.
Ogbonna’s goal had them in front until the 77th minute but Hitchin struck twice late on to prevent the Poppies from picking up a third league win in a row.
And while Kettering’s form remains inconsistent, Ogbonna believes it’s “a matter of time” before that changes.
“I think it (the tie at St Ives)is a winnable game for us but it will be tough. It’s a hard place to go to,” last season’s joint-top scorer said.
“St Ives have started their league season pretty well. But we have our own aspirations for the season and we want to have a run in the Trophy.
“We were all disappointed because we feel we missed a big opportunity in the FA Cup and we will be looking to make up for that in this competition.
“We really thought we had turned over a new leaf when we won last Tuesday (at Biggleswade Town) but we just have that inconsistency about us at the moment.
“It’s difficult for the boys and particularly the fans to take because we know they expect a lot of us.
“To be 1-0 up at Hitchin and lose 2-1 was very disappointing.
“We could have been 4-0 or 5-0 up in the first half and we seem to be getting punished for every mistake we make.
“The manager is asking a lot of us in terms of playing a high pressing game. It’s a new way for a lot of us and it doesn’t just happen overnight.
“All I would say to the fans is that I think it’s just a matter of time before we find that consistency.”
Four goals in his last six games suggests Ogbonna’s season is beginning to click into gear.
And he believes Law is beginning to bring the best out of him after an injury in the early part of the season meant he had to wait for his chance.
“The manager is still finding out about me and working out how he can get the best out of me and I think that has started to happen,” he added.
“It was disappointing to have that injury at the start. I have had to be patient and wait for my chance but I feel I have taken it.”