Ben Ford believes Kettering Town can complete mission impossible and survive in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
The young midfielder made a triumphant return in a Poppies shirt as he turned in a man-of-the-match display and grabbed his team’s third goal in their comprehensive 3-0 success over Bedford Town at Steel Park.
Ford left Kettering for Blue Square Bet Premier side Nuneaton Town last summer but is back on a month’s loan and he made an immediate impact with a sparkling display on the left wing.
The victory made it three wins in a row for Alan Doyle’s side and moved them to within 13 points of third-from-bottom Hitchin Town – the gap had been as big 20 points a few weeks ago.
And Ford, who was delighted with the team’s display against Bedford, is in no doubt that they can pull off the greatest of escapes.
When asked if Kettering can stay up, Ford said: “Yes. Definitely.
“I played at Bedworth on loan earlier this season and I have played against the top teams in this division. There isn’t a lot to choose between the sides at this level.
“Bedford were up there and we played as though we were the team near the top, not struggling at the bottom.
“We need to keep winning, that obviously goes without saying. But we have closed the gap on Hitchin and we need to keep chipping away at it. I think we can do it.
“It was all about the three points. We worked hard and we played some lovely football. It was good to get the win and it was nice to get on the scoresheet as well.
“I feel comfortable playing for Kettering, it is where I started so it will always be close to my heart.”
Ford, meanwhile, admits he would be happy to further extend his stay at Kettering when his current temporary deal expires as long as that is what his parent club want.
“I am happy at Nuneaton but I just want to play games,” he added.
“We will see what happens but there would be no point me sitting on the bench at Nuneaton.
“If the two clubs can agree something when the time comes then great. Maybe being out on loan will be better for me as I try to develop as a player.
“If Kettering want me for another month and Nuneaton are happy then that would be fine with me.”