Poppies can be ‘in the mix’ after a fine success over leaders Poole

Wilson Carvalho scored his third goal in three games as Kettering Town beat leaders Poole Town 1-0 at Latimer Park
Wilson Carvalho scored his third goal in three games as Kettering Town beat leaders Poole Town 1-0 at Latimer Park

Marcus Law admits Kettering Town have given themselves a chance to get into “the mix” in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

Law’s new-look Poppies showed how far they have come in the space of just three games after they claimed a superb 1-0 victory over current leaders Poole Town at Latimer Park.

One of the recent new arrivals, Wilson Carvalho scored his third goal in as many games to decide the contest as Kettering avenged their defeat to the Dolphins on the opening day of the season.

The victory made it three matches without a loss since a flurry of new signings came through the door.

And Law insisted Poole could have “few complaints” as the Poppies could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty when Nick Hutchings saved Rene Howe’s first-half spot-kick.

The win moved Kettering up to seventh in the table and to within five points of the play-off places.

And Law insists there is only one direction his team are looking in at the moment.

“With the way we played, we deserved it,” the Poppies boss said.

“We missed a penalty and we had a couple of one-on-ones towards the end when they were pushing hard for a goal.

“When you add it all up, I don’t think they can have any complaints.

“The surface was obviously difficult to play on but both teams dealt with it really well. It was whole-hearted and at times it was a real battle.

“There was every excuse for the players not to give their all but we have come out of it with the rewards and we were well worth it.

“The league has been so tight and even when we played Poole on the first day of the season, there wasn’t a great deal between us.

“The good thing for us is that you can look at our squad and look at the players who were missing and that makes it even better because there were some key men not involved.

“We have got ourselves in a good place and now we are all ready to work hard to try to set ourselves up for the Christmas period.

“We want to be hard to beat and in the last three games that’s what we have been. When you gather momentum like this, there is only way to look and that is up.

“The last three matches have given us a chance to put ourselves in the mix.”

The Poppies are straight back into action tomorrow (Monday) night when they face another tough clash at third-placed Redditch United.