Opportunity knocks for some Poppies players

Kettering Town boss Marcus Law. Picture by Peter Short
Kettering Town boss Marcus Law. Picture by Peter Short

Marcus Law will give a number of players the chance to “stake their claim” when Kettering Town take on Corby Town in the first round of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup at Latimer Park tonight (Tuesday).

The Poppies boss looks set to mix his squad up for the cup clash with the Steelmen, especially with a big FA Cup second qualifying round home tie with AFC Telford United to come at the weekend.

One player who is set to feature is striker Dubi Ogbonna who hit a hat-trick for the club’s development team at the weekend.

And, even though there will be changes from the team that won 1-0 at Paulton Rovers in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division at the weekend, Law still expects a competitive encounter this evening.

“We will be going out there trying to win the game because it is a cup competition,” he said.

“We have got a big enough squad with our first-team and under-21s to put a competitive side on the pitch.

“It gives us the chance to experiment a little bit and give those who haven’t been in the side the opportunity to stake their claim.

“I am sure it will be a competitive match. Local pride is at stake.

“It would be quite easy to say that both sides have the FA Cup to think about but that won’t matter once the game starts.

“I obviously know Tommy (Corby manager Wright) well because he played for me at Tamworth and I am sure he will want to try to get one over me.

“Dubi got 90 minutes under his belt for our development team at the weekend.

“I think he will be ready to take it up another notch and feature in what will be a competitive game.”