Poppies boss Law happy to 'mix it up'

On loan youngster Marshall Willock (left) and Gary Mulligan were at the heart of the Poppies' defence as they kept a fifth clean sheet in a row in the Evo-Stik South League Premier on Tuesday. Tomorrow, the focus switched to the FA Trophy
On loan youngster Marshall Willock (left) and Gary Mulligan were at the heart of the Poppies' defence as they kept a fifth clean sheet in a row in the Evo-Stik South League Premier on Tuesday. Tomorrow, the focus switched to the FA Trophy

Marcus Law insists he will continue to try to “utilise” his Kettering Town squad with their gruelling schedule set to continue over the next month.

Tomorrow's (Saturday) FA Trophy first qualifying round clash at Evo-Stik League South side Leek Town is the first of 10 games the Poppies will play between now and the end of November.

Law’s team head into the game without a win in five matches in all competitions following successive 0-0 draws with fellow high-fliers Slough Town and Redditch United in the Evo-Stik South League Premier in the last week.

The Poppies have scored just one goal in that period but they have now kept five clean sheets in a row in the league to leave them firmly in the mix at the top end of the table.

Law made a number of changes to his starting line-up for Tuesday’s clash at Redditch.

And he insists that theme may well continue over the next month as the fixtures come thick and fast.

The Poppies will definitely be back in action next Tuesday night with a scheduled league game at Bishop’s Stortford, although that will turn into a home game with Leek if honours end even at the weekend.

And Law said: “We will look to mix it up again but it is another competition that we want to do well in.

“There are one or two players who need the minutes and we will look at that and see if we can get them playing.

“We are currently on a consistent run of Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday and with that being the case, I always had it in the plan to utilise the squad as well as we could.

“It comes down to a question of putting the lads in there until they are dead on their feet or whether we box clever and use the squad to maximise the energy levels.

“We are potentially facing seven away games in a row so there is the travelling to take into account as well.

“We have done our best to build a strong squad and I think it’s important we utilise that whenever possible.”

Law confirmed goalkeeper Jordan Wright has now returned to Nottingham Forest following a month on loan at Latimer Park.

The Poppies boss was full of praise for Wright and also for young defender Marshall Willock, whose loan stint from Chesterfield has played a key role in making Kettering hard to score against in recent weeks.

“We don’t have Jordan anymore,” Law added.

“He did really well for us. We are grateful that he was able to come here and help us.

“With Marshall, his loan runs for another couple of weeks and then we will look at it. But he has done a great job. Touch wood, we haven’t conceded a goal when he has played and we would love that sort of form to continue."