Poppies’ resilience delights boss Law after late drama

Marcus Law was a happy man after Kettering Town grabbed a late equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Merthyr Town
Marcus Law was a happy man after Kettering Town grabbed a late equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Merthyr Town
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Marcus Law was delighted with the resilience Kettering Town showed as they grabbed a dramatic late goal to seal a 1-1 draw at Merthyr Town.

The Poppies boss had a busy end to the week as he added no fewer than five new signings to his squad as part of a mass overhaul in a bid to turn their fortunes around in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

And one of those new additions, Wilson Carvalho, was the hero of the hour as his fine strike in the third minute of stoppage-time rescued a point after the hosts had taken a first-half lead.

Fellow new boys Liam Bateman and Herve Pepe-N’Goma also started while Ben Stephens, who has joined from Oadby Town, came on as a second-half substitute.

Law conceded the timing of his team’s equaliser made it feel like a win and he was in no doubt that they did enough to take something from the game.

The point moved the Poppies up to 11th in the league table and Law said: “It was a fantastic strike and the goal was thoroughly deserved.

“It is a strange feeling because if that goal had come any earlier then we would probably be saying that we dropped two points.

“Instead, given the time that is was scored, it feels more like a win and that is nice feeling to have.

“I have to give the lads a lot of credit. It looked like the story of our season was going to continue.

“But the players carried on, they didn’t give up, the new lads came to the fore and we got something from the game.

“Our goalkeeper hasn’t had a great deal to do and, aside from a couple of moments, it was mainly all us so we definitely deserved something.

“There was a lot of work done by everyone during the week and it has all added up to us getting a very good point on the road.”

Rene Howe was missing from the Poppies squad, having made a shock return to the club on Friday, as the club await international clearance.

It is hoped he will be available for their home clash against Chesham United on Tuesday night.