Poppies must be ready for some '˜pressure football'

Marcus Law knows Kettering Town will be playing 'pressure football' for the remainder of the season as the weather continues to be the biggest threat to their play-off hopes in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 9th February 2016, 9:05 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2016, 5:30 am
Marcus Law knows the pressure will grow on his Kettering Town team as the the fixtures continue to pile up
Marcus Law knows the pressure will grow on his Kettering Town team as the the fixtures continue to pile up

The Poppies have been forced into yet another postponement at Latimer Park after the pitch failed an inspection at 9.30am this morning (Tuesday) ahead of the scheduled clash with Leamington this evening.

Their home clash with Paulton Rovers was also wiped out at the weekend with Friday night’s downpour ending any hopes of the fixture going ahead.

The Poppies are now due to be back in action at second-placed Chippenham Town on Saturday.

Kettering sit in 13th place, 10 points behind Weymouth who occupy the final play-off position but with four games in hand.

And, with 19 matches to pack in before the end of the season on April 23, 12 of which are at home, Law is well aware the pressure will be right on his team if they are to launch a late charge for the top five.

He said: “It is the nature of the beast and it is what it is. What can you do?

“We will try to get friendlies arranged to keep us ticking over but it is difficult because you have to wait until games are called off and then you have other teams looking for facilities to use as well.

“There’s not much we can do about it. It’s a situation that hurts everyone and it obviously hurts any momentum you may have.

“We are going to be involved in pressure football in that we will always know what we will have to do in every game.

“We will have the matches to play around with to get the job done, that’s the positive side of it. But we will be under pressure in every game from now on.

“We just have to get on with it. The likelihood is that Saturday’s game will be on and it will be yet another away match in which we will need to go and perform well in if we are to get something from it.”

The Poppies’ home clash with Paulton has been re-arranged for Tuesday, March 15 – a game that will start a run of six successive matches at Latimer Park in the remainder of that month and into the start of April.