Soliull will be a ‘very difficult’ tie for Poppies

Kettering Town boss Marcus Law
Kettering Town boss Marcus Law

Marcus Law believes Kettering Town have been handed a “very difficult” tie in the fourth qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The Poppies were rewarded for beating Vanarama National League North side Boston United 2-0 at Latimer Park last weekend with a short trip to take on National League outfit Solihull Moors a week on Saturday (October 15).

Solihull, who are managed by Marcus Bignot, sit in the bottom half of the table having been promoted to non-League football’s top flight as National League North champions last season.

Law confirmed he may well call on the services of Kettering’s all-time appearance holder Roger Ashby for some inside information on Bignot’s management style after Ashby had a spell as assistant-manager at Solihull.

And the Poppies boss has called on the club’s supporters to travel in numbers and make it a “carnival event” as his players bid to reach the first round proper.

“Marcus has worked wonders there, he has taken them up and they are holding their own as a part-time club in the National League,” Law said.

“It is going to be very difficult for us.

“I know Roger was there as assistant-manager for a while so I may well call on him so I can get inside Marcus’ head and see how he operates.

“It is going to be a tough nut for us to crack but it is a local game, their fanbase isn’t the biggest and we need to encourage as many Kettering fans as possible to get over there and make it a carnival event for us.

“I am sure Solihull be well organised and they will be the favourites.

“From our point of view, we will have to be clued up tactically but I am sure we will go there and give it our best shot.”

The Poppies, meanwhile, are back in action this evening (Tuesday) when they head to St Neots Town in the first round of the Evo-Stik Southern League’s Challenge Cup.

And they look set to have a new recruit in their ranks after Hemel Hempstead Town confirmed central defender Ollie Thorne has returned to Latimer Park on a dual registration.

Law is set to make a number of changes to his team for tonight’s clash, although he is waiting on the fitness of Lewis Hornby who missed the FA Cup win over Boston due to a thigh injury.

Rene Howe, meanwhile, sits out the second of a four-match ban.

“It’s the league cup and it’s a competition I want us to do well in,” Law said.

“It’s a good opportunity to get 90 minutes into players who need it.

“And I am sure everyone will be fighting hard to try to get into the the team for that FA Cup tie so it’s up to them to show what they can do.”