Poppies will 'knuckle down' for run of home games

Kettering Town celebrate the first of Aaron O'Connor's two goals in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Frome Town. The Poppies are back at Latimer Park to take on St Ives Town tonight. Picture by Peter Short
Kettering Town celebrate the first of Aaron O'Connor's two goals in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Frome Town. The Poppies are back at Latimer Park to take on St Ives Town tonight. Picture by Peter Short

John Ramshaw says Kettering Town are ready to “knuckle down” as they start a run of three home games in a row when they take on St Ives Town at Latimer Park tonight (Tuesday).

The Poppies return to home soil having played nine of their last 10 matches in all competitions on the road with the most recent trips seeing them claim 1-1 and 2-2 draws at Banbury United and Frome Town respectively.

Head coach Ramshaw admitted November didn’t see Kettering at their best but they remain in fourth spot in the Evo-Stik South League Premier while a win this evening will see them move up to second on goal difference.

And Ramshaw is hoping the Poppies can keep up their formidable form at Latimer Park where they have taken 22 from a possible 24 points in the league this season while conceding just one goal in the process.

“We have three home games in a row and it is a chance for us to claw back some of the points we have dropped recently”, the head coach said.

“We are very happy with where we are in the league.

“November wasn’t our best month but if you are going to have a glitch then November isn’t a bad month to do it. It’s better now than in April.

“Hopefully that will be our bad month, every team will have one.

“What we have to do now is knuckle down and pick up as many points as we can in these next three matches.”

St Ives arrive sitting third-from-bottom but Ramshaw is expecting another tough test for his team.

“It is a local game so there will be an extra edge to it because the players will be familiar with each other,” he added.

“I have said it before. There are no easy games at this level of football.

“But if we are on our game then we know we can be a difficult team to beat.”