Marcus Law has admitted Kettering Town have a “massive” few days ahead of them.
The dust is beginning to settle after the Poppies’ FA Cup hopes were ended by a 3-2 defeat to lower-ranked Bamber Bridge in Tuesday’s third qualifying round replay after the two sides drew 1-1 at Latimer Park last weekend.
Kettering twice fought back in Lancashire in midweek thanks to goals from Will Grocott and Dubi Ogbonna but former Premier League striker Brett Ormerod’s second strike of the evening seven minutes from full-time condemned them to defeat.
Law is now picking up the pieces as the Poppies prepare to return to Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division action with a quick-fire double-header over the next week.
They entertain Histon at Latimer Park tomorrow (Saturday) before heading to Biggleswade Town for a re-arranged clash on Tuesday night.
Kettering have dropped to 18th in the table, just five points above the relegation zone, and the manager is well aware that frustration is beginning to grow with his team’s inconsistent form showing no real signs of relenting.
Histon sit just above Kettering in 17th place and the Poppies boss said: “It is a massive few days for us.
“We have got to push on again and turn the league form around. We have got to get everyone believing in us again.
“People are starting to get frustrated and we have to find a way of getting results from the capabilities and the potential that the lads are showing.
“But our form is very much up and down and that is throwing up a lot of questions.
“We are looking at the league table and thinking if we can win this game and then win one in hand then we could be here or there.
“But that all counts for nothing unless we go and do it.
“It was a very quiet dressing-room after the game on Tuesday. We feel like we are so close, yet so far away.
“I have tried to adapt and drop players into various positions and things have not come off for me.
“We are in a situation where we have players performing at fives or sixes instead of sevens or eights and that is an issue for us.
“The questions being thrown up are ones of how long it can go on for.
“But we have to dust ourselves down and be ready for the next challenge.”