The clash with Poppies' play-off rivals has many levels

Marcus Law
Marcus Law

Kettering Town are due to be in action tonight when they are scheduled to take on their promotion play-off rivals King’s Lynn Town.

Should the weather allow and the game can go ahead, it will be a vital one in the Poppies’ attempts to claim a top-three finish in Evo-Stik South League Premier Division.

The sides finishing in second and third in the table earn a home tie in the play-off semi-final and King’s Lynn are currently the closest challengers to leaders Hereford.

They sit second on 92 points with Kettering three places and seven points behind – albeit with three games in hand.

It makes a vital fixture on the Poppies’ run-in and one that needs to bring victory – should conditions allow it to go ahead.

Speaking on Wednesday, Law said: “We’ll be getting updates but, with the weather the way it is, I’m sceptical as to the chances of it being on.

“We’ll obviously plan and prepare properly and hope the game is on.

“It’s a game we can look at on various levels.

“We need to win if we hope to keep some pressure on Hereford in case they slip up.

“It’s also, with our games in hand, one we need to win if we are going to push for a decent play-off position.

“Added to that it is a game against another team who are pushing for the home play-off matches so it would be good to take points off them.

“I don’t see it is a marker for a potential play-off game against them.

“These are totally different circumstances to the play-offs which are like cup finals.

“In the league we have already beaten them at home and they might be looking for retribution.

“But we have a plan and target for what we want to achieve over the next three weeks and we view this game itself entirely on its own merits.

“We know if we pick up three more points we’re guaranteed the play-off spot but it is more now about battling to get a home tie.”