Spencer Weir-Daley was pleased things “came good” for Kettering Town and himself at Redditch United on Tuesday night.
The Poppies headed to Bedworth United’s home ground to take on last season’s Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division play-off semi-finalists on the back of a 2-0 home defeat to early leaders Leamington and a dour 0-0 draw against Hitchin Town.
They found themselves 1-0 down at half-time in midweek but stormed back in the second half to claim a fine 3-1 victory.
Weir-Daley was dropped to the bench but came off it after the break to score the second and third goals after Callum Westwood had equalised.
And the experienced frontman conceded the win was most welcome following the frustrations from the previous two matches.
“It was a good night for us and, to be honest, the win was much-needed,” Weir-Daley said.
“There’s been a lot of frustration since the Dorchester game (on the opening day when Kettering won 2-0) from the players, staff and manager I am sure there has been amongst the fans as well.
“It was probably our best footballing display of the season so far.
“And from a personal point of view, the night came good for me.
“I was frustrated about being on the bench but it has been tough in the last couple of games because, as a team, we didn’t create a lot of chances.
“But things turned out well on Tuesday. We were more creative and if those chances come about, I believe in my own ability to be there to put them away.”
The Poppies are now preparing for tomorrow’s (Saturday) trip to Basingstoke Town, who were relegated from National League South last season.
And Weir-Daley could well be given the responsibility of leading the line from the start with Rene Howe now serving a three-match ban.
“There’s no easy games, they are all tough,” he added.
“There are teams who have come up and come down and you have to be well prepared for all of them.
“We will go there on Saturday looking to build on what we did on Tuesday.
“And I am more than happy to take the responsibility of leading the line if that’s what is asked of me.
“We have good players in this squad and once they pull on that Kettering Town shirt, they should all be capable of taking responsibility for what they do on the pitch.”
The Poppies will again be without Wilson Carvalho who serves the last of his six-match ban while Liam Bateman and Liam Canavan are both set to miss out due to injuries.