Alan Doyle was pleased with the performance, if not the result, as Kettering Town pushed Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division leaders Leamington all the way at the weekend.
The Brakes eventually ran out 3-1 winners at Corby Town’s Steel Park stadium but not before they had been given a fright by the rock-bottom Poppies in the second half.
Ben Ford’s fine strike a minute after Lee Chilton had scored his second goal of the game gave Kettering hope of taking something from the top versus bottom encounter. But their hopes were dashed as Stefan Moore wrapped up the visitors’ win in the last minute.
And Poppies boss Doyle felt that was harsh on his side. But while he was pleased with the performance, he knows they need to start turning it into points as relegation draws closer with his side still 15 points adrift of safety with just 17 games to go.
“I can have no complaints about the performance, I was very pleased with it,” the Kettering manager said.
“We tried a different formation, which we introduced to make sure we were always in the game. The lads picked up on that very quickly and they were excellent for us.
“But in our last two matches, four of the five goals we have conceded have come from fine long-range strikes and there is sometimes not a great deal you can do about that.
“Leamington are a decent side but, when you consider the difference between the two clubs’ budgets, we put up an excellent fight against them.
“The lads worked hard and I felt they deserved a bit more than they got. We are still lacking something in the attacking areas but we changed the formation around that left just one up front. That was a formation picked for this particular game.
“The big thing for us now is to start turning good performances into points. We are at Bashley on Saturday and then we have three home games. We have to start picking up points in those.”
The Poppies are straight back into action tomorrow (Tuesday) night when they head to Daventry Town in the last four of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup final.