Points needed as Poppies switch their focus back to the league

James Haran will serve a one-match ban in Kettering Town's clash with Chippenham Town
James Haran will serve a one-match ban in Kettering Town's clash with Chippenham Town

Kettering Town switch their focus back to the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division this weekend and Marcus Law is well aware they need to put some points on the board.

While the Emirates FA Cup has got Latimer Park buzzing, the Poppies have some work to do if they are to push on in their bid to earn promotion this season.

Kettering have dropped to 14th in the table and are still without a home win in the league this season as they prepare to take on fourth-placed Chippenham Town at Latimer Park tomorrow (Saturday).

That is quickly followed by a trip to Biggleswade Town next Tuesday while the FA Cup fourth qualifying round clash at Vanarama National League side Solihull Moors is set for next weekend.

The Poppies produced their best home display of the season so far when they knocked Boston United out of the FA Cup last weekend.

But Law has warned his players that they must focus on the job in the league if they want to put themselves in the frame for a place in the starting line-up at Solihull.

“We definitely learned a few lessons from that performance against Boston in terms of the way we approached it and the way we set up with the team we selected,” Law said.

“We will be looking at it closely in the build up to tomorrow and we know we need to get things right because it is an important few days for us.

“We need to get some points on the board and we have two games in a short space of time to do that.

“If the FA Cup game is one that everyone is desperate to play in then they need to perform in the next two league matches to ensure they have a chance of being involved.

“And if we perform to our full capabilities then we will give ourselves a good chance of picking up a couple of positive results.”

The Poppies are definitely without James Haran, who serves a one-match ban after picking up his fifth booking of the season last weekend, and Rene Howe who sits out the third of a four-game suspension.