Dean’s delight as Poppies send out a statement

Chris Logan celebrates scoring Kettering Town's fourth goal in the 5-0 thrashing of Royston Town at Latimer Park. Pictures by Tony Waugh
Chris Logan celebrates scoring Kettering Town's fourth goal in the 5-0 thrashing of Royston Town at Latimer Park. Pictures by Tony Waugh

Dean Thomas believes Kettering Town sent out a statement as they destroyed fellow play-off contenders Royston Town at Latimer Park.

After a sluggish start, the Poppies hit four goals in the space of 16 first-half minutes to blow the visitors away before going on to complete a 5-0 success.

Kettering Town v Royston Town'Goal four

Kettering Town v Royston Town'Goal four

Andy Gooding put them in front from the penalty spot before Elliot Sandy, Josh Moreman and Chris Logan all struck before the break. And it was James Jepson who rounded it off in the second half while Moreman also hit the post in the second half.

The victory, which extended the unbeaten league run to 15 matches, saw the Poppies move up to seventh place in the Calor League Division One Central and to within two points of the play-off places.

And, with the comprehensive win coming on the back of the 4-0 success against Potters Bar Town last Tuesday, boss Thomas felt his team sent a clear message out to their own fans as well as the rest of the division.

“We knew it was going to be tough. We had a gameplan and we stuck to it,” Thomas said.

Kettering Town v Royston Town

Kettering Town v Royston Town

“We got the penalty which gave us the kick up the backside we needed because for the first 10 or 15 minutes I thought we were a bit sloppy.

“But that injected a bit of life into us and we didn’t really look back after it. We took the initiative and we created lots of chances.

“It has been a great week. We have won 4-0 and 5-0 in front of our own fans and it sends out a statement to the people of Kettering that we have a successful team.

“But also, from the league’s point of view, people know we have a better side.

“There is a long way to go and I said to the players afterwards that they have to enjoy these times because we will come up against resistance later in the season.

“As long as we keep climbing the league and playing like that then I am sure we will be fine.”

Thomas, meanwhile, felt his players did a good job of “killing the enthusiasm” of Royston and he was also delighted to see five different scorers doing the damage.

“You have to try to kill teams’ enthusiasm and we did that against Potters Bar and we did it again on this occasion,” the Poppies boss added.

“Once we got our noses in front it gave us that belief that we could go on and score more goals.

“It has been a real collective effort and it was nice to see other players chipping in with goals as well, not just the forwards.”

Kettering are without a game in midweek and are due to travel to Egham Town next weekend, although that game is already in doubt with the Surrey club’s pitch and facilities having been flooded during the recent poor weather.