Poppies have ‘put pressure’ on their next two matches

Marcus Law says Tuesday's loss at Cirencester has put pressure on Kettering Town's next two matches
Marcus Law says Tuesday's loss at Cirencester has put pressure on Kettering Town's next two matches

Marcus Law says Kettering Town have “put pressure” on their next two matches as they bid to stay in the hunt for a play-off place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

The Poppies’ league campaign reaches the halfway point with a short trip to St Neots Town tomorrow (Saturday).

A flurry of new signings in recent weeks had resulted in an upturn in fortunes at Latimer Park as Law’s team put together a four-match unbeaten run, which included three successive clean sheets.

But they hit a roadblock in midweek when suffering a 1-0 defeat at struggling Cirencester Town, despite the home side having to play the majority of the second half with 10 men after a red card.

Law accepted his team “had a bad day at the office” on Tuesday.

The loss left the Poppies in 10th place, still six points off Redditch United who currently sit in the final play-off position.

The games are still coming thick and fast with the clash at St Neots being followed by a home date with Dorchester Town next Tuesday night.

A home match with Frome Town a weekend on Saturday and a re-arranged Monday night trip to Redditch four days before Christmas round off a hectic schedule before the festive period.

Law accepts that leaders Poole Town are now pulling away but he believes there is still an opportunity for the teams in mid-table to make a push.

And he insists Corby Town’s stunning run during the second half of last season, which eventually led to them clinching the title on the final day, is the perfect example of what can happen.

“We have put a bit of pressure on our next two games now,” the Poppies boss said.

“We want to be in and around the play-off places and if we are going to do that then we need to come away from the next two matches with a very positive return of points.

“If we can do that then it will give us the push we need going into the rest of the month.

“There is an acceptance that Poole have pulled away a bit but the rest of the league is still open.

“For us, it is a case of doing the right things, taking our opportunities when they arrive and hopefully getting a bit of luck along the way.

“The result at Cirencester has brought things a bit closer together but that mid-table area is still crying out for someone to go on a big run.

“You can see how Corby put that run together last season and you can see why they shot up the table so quickly. It’s that sort of league.”