Doyle’s delight as Poppies win again

Lewis Wilson became the first player since Billy Kellock in 1978 to score a hat-trick for Kettering Town on Boxing Day

Lewis Wilson became the first player since Billy Kellock in 1978 to score a hat-trick for Kettering Town on Boxing Day

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Alan Doyle was delighted with a fine attacking display from Kettering Town as they picked up another crucial win in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

Lewis Wilson became the first player since Billy Kellock in 1978 to score a hat-trick on Boxing Day for the Poppies as he inspired them to a thrilling 4-3 success at fellow strugglers Hitchin Town.

Jamie Griffiths scored the other goal from the penalty spot as Doyle’s team reduced the gap between themselves and Hitchin to 16 points as they bid for an unlikely great escape from relegation in the second half of the season.

And Doyle was pleased to gain a third win in four games and paid tribute to the club’s fans after over 100 made the journey south to watch their team in action.

“It was a great result for us and it must have been a cracking game for everyone to watch,” the Poppies boss said.

“To be honest, it could have been 7-7 but we have managed to snatch a victory and we are delighted.

“I am just pleased for the fans really. They travelled down in numbers and they got right behind us and that makes a massive difference.

“From an attacking point of view, I was very happy. With Lewis, Jamie and Joel (Gyasi) we have pace in the side and teams are struggling to cope with us.”

Doyle, meanwhile, confirmed Wilson could stay on at Kettering for at least another month on loan from Northampton Town.

The Cobblers striker has now hit seven goals in seven appearances since arriving from Sixfields and Doyle is hopeful the current deal, which expires after next week’s clash with Bedford Town at Steel Park, can be extended.

“Lewis has blossomed here in the last four weeks,” Doyle added.

“He is a different player and he is full of confidence. He is taking his goals very well.

“I have spoken to Aidy Boothroyd and they are continuing to watch his progress and I think they are pleased with what we have done with him.

“They have indicated that the deal could be extended through January provided they are clear of injuries.”