Jason Lee insists Kettering Town are already relishing the trip to Rugby Town on Easter Monday as their date with destiny arrives.
The central defender struck with the most precious of goals as he opened the scoring with just five minutes remaining in the Poppies’ 2-0 victory over Bedford Town at Latimer Park today (Saturday).
The win ensured Kettering stayed 12 points clear of second-placed Aylesbury with just four games remaining.
With a superior goal difference on board, the Poppies are now the uncrowned champions of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central but will seal the deal if they avoid defeat in the derby at Butlin Road on Monday (3pm).
It looked like being a frustrating afternoon in front of just under 1,000 fans at Latimer Park as Bedford battled hard to keep Kettering at bay.
But Lee’s fine strike broke the deadlock before Elliot Sandy rounded things off in stoppage-time.
And Lee is now looking forward to what he hopes will be an afternoon of celebration on Monday.
“We are relishing the trip to Rugby,” he said.
“They beat us here on a day when either side could have taken the three points.
“We will go there, I am sure there will be a lot of fans there and it should be a great occasion.
“Hopefully we can get that point, if not three. There’s no reason we can’t win the game and hopefully it will be a great day for everyone.
“Bedford came and did a pretty solid job of keeping us out. I think we were pressing for the goal.
“I just happened to be in the right place at the right time and I just smashed it.
“I normally attack the back post from corners and free-kicks but I had a change of heart and ended up in a position where the ball has landed to me and I am really happy to score a goal like that.
“They set their stall out and they were trying to frustrate us, which they did quite well.
“We knocked on the door and we had to be careful because they did hit us on the counter-attack a couple of times.
“But keeping a clean sheet was great and I am glad I have popped up with a goal, even though Elliot has stolen my thunder a bit!”
Don’t miss more reaction to the Poppies’ victory on this website tomorrow (Sunday)