Goal hero Brett wants Poppies to stay focused

Brett Solkhon takes the congratulations after hitting the winner for Kettering Town against Aylesbury. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Brett Solkhon takes the congratulations after hitting the winner for Kettering Town against Aylesbury. Pictures by Alison Bagley
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Brett Solkhon insists Kettering Town must focus on trying to further extend their lead at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

Not for the first time in his career, the central defender grabbed a priceless goal for the Poppies at the weekend as his second-half volley secured a vital 1-0 win over third-placed Aylesbury at Latimer Park.

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Aylesbury ''Saturday 21st February 2015 NNL-150221-185705009

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Aylesbury ''Saturday 21st February 2015 NNL-150221-185705009

Kettering now hold a five-point lead over Bedworth United at the top of the table ahead of tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s trip to bottom side North Greenford United.

Bedworth are also in action at Bedford Town and Solkhon has warned his team-mates not to expect an easy ride tomorrow evening as they look to further strengthen their place at the summit.

“We have had days like the one at the weekend where teams have dropped points and then we have done the same thing,” Solkhon said.

“But we have gone another couple of points further in front and all we can do is just try to win as many games as we can. As long as we keep that gap growing then the better it will be.

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Aylesbury 'Goal and celebrations 'Saturday 21st February 2015 NNL-150221-185228009

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Aylesbury 'Goal and celebrations 'Saturday 21st February 2015 NNL-150221-185228009

“North Greenford are fighting for their lives so it won’t be an easy game, I am sure they will be up for it.

“But we will go in with the same application and hopefully pick up the three points.”

Solkhon was delighted to grab the winner on Saturday when he volleyed home James Jepson’s free-kick nine minutes into the second half.

And he was full of praise for his fellow players for the battling effort they put in on a tough Latimer Park surface.

“It was always going to be a battle on that pitch, they were big and physical and they had to come here to win the game,” he added.

“We have battled very well and I think you can look at every single player out there and say they gave 100 per cent.

“James’ set-pieces were crying out for people to attack them and fortunately I got on the end of one of them.

“I didn’t see it to be honest because it was in the sun but I managed to connect well and I can’t complain about that.”