Pressure is on as Poppies bid to keep the cup run going

Kettering Town boss Marcus Law
Kettering Town boss Marcus Law

Marcus Law believes the pressure will be on his Kettering Town players when they take on Bamber Bridge in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup tomorrow (Saturday).

The Poppies will start as favourites to move to within one more win of the first round proper at Latimer Park as they take on a side from a lower level with Bamber Bridge currently sitting in eighth place in the Evo-Stik Northern League Division One North.

But within their squad, is a large amount of experience with former Blackpool frontman Brett Ormerod likely to lead the line while ex-Fleetwood Town midfielder Jamie Milligan is also in their ranks.

Kettering head into the clash on the back of a mixed week in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division as a 2-1 home win over Hungerford Town was quickly followed by a frustrating 2-1 defeat to Chippenham Town at Latimer Park.

Law admitted his side’s inability to take their chances was costly in midweek. And he knows they can ill-afford to waste any that come their way this weekend.

“Being the home side, I would say the pressure is on us to make sure we get the job done,” the Poppies boss said.

“We will get the fans behind us and I think they can see that we are giving it our all and there hasn’t been a game where we have been going through the motions.

“The only worry we have got is whether we are taking our chances. We are creating them, we are controlling the majority of the games and we look reasonably solid.

“I am sure they (Bamber Bridge) will come here to try to frustrate us and use the bags of experience they have got.

“We just have to make sure we put our game on them and if we can take our chances I don’t think we have much to worry about.

“But there’s no doubt it’s going to be another tough encounter.”

The Poppies are set to be without goalkeeper Jamie McAlindon and defender Ollie Thorne for the cup clash.

McAlindon suffered a back spasm during the warm-up on Tuesday and was replaced by Enol Ordonez while Thorne limped off with a calf injury in the first half.

But attacking midfielder Liam Canavan seems to be winning his own race to be fit.

“Liam is probably more likely to be ready for Saturday,” Law added.

“That’s positive news because last weekend we were fearing he had broken his foot.

“Jamie had another back spasm before the game on Tuesday and that is an issue for him. He missed an earlier game with a back problem so it is a concern.

“Ollie pulled his calf and we will have to assess that again ahead of the weekend.”