Champions will need 90 points-plus, says Poppies joint-boss Machin

Kettering Town joint-manager Scott Machin

Kettering Town joint-manager Scott Machin

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Scott Machin believes whoever wins the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central title this season will need to rack up “90 points-plus”.

But the Kettering Town joint-manager insists his team will continue to set smaller targets for themselves as they bid for title glory over the next 21 matches.

The Poppies reached the halfway point of their league campaign at the weekend with a 5-0 success over 10-man Royston Town ensuring they will be on top of the table on Christmas Day.

Kettering remain five points clear of second-placed Bedworth United but with their nearest rivals not being in action on Saturday, Machin’s team’s match at Northwood now becomes their game in hand, meaning a victory will see them with an eight-point advantage.

A total of 51 points from 21 games is already an impressive return but Machin insists his only focus is to ensure the club’s current good run of form continues.

“To get to 50 points by the halfway point of the season is a great achievement, we couldn’t have envisaged doing that,” he said.

“For me, I am now setting other targets for us to achieve but we are starting to hit a good run of form and we have to keep that going.

“I am sure it gets boring hearing it but we just have to take each game as it comes because you never know what might happen with injuries and blips.

“But it has been a fantastic first half of the season and let’s hope we can continue it.

“If you are going to win the title, you have to have 90 points-plus. We are ahead of the schedule on that if you like.

“But we have to break it down into little sections and we will give ourselves a target for between now and the new year and then give ourselves another for the end of January.

“That’s what you have to do. It’s worked well so far and we will keep doing it.”

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