Goals are flowing as Wilson makes his mark with Poppies

Wilson Carvalho and Chris Carruthers, who were also team-mates at Corby Town, are playing key roles in Kettering Town's recent revival

Wilson Carvalho and Chris Carruthers, who were also team-mates at Corby Town, are playing key roles in Kettering Town's recent revival

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Wilson Carvalho has wasted little time in endearing himself to the Kettering Town supporters.

The winger was one of a flurry of new signings a couple of weeks ago after he had been released from a second spell at Corby Town.

He introduced himself by smashing home a superb stoppage-time equaliser as the Poppies claimed a 1-1 draw at Merthyr Town.

And he has followed that up by scoring in the 3-0 win over Chesham United before bagging the goal that sunk leaders Poole Town at Latimer Park last weekend.

Kettering missed the chance to build on that fine victory when their clash at Redditch United on Monday was called off.

But the Poppies will be hoping to continue their revival in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division when they entertain Cambridge City on Saturday.

Poole manager Tom Killick described Carvalho as a “nemesis” for his team after his exploits at Corby last season helped the Steelmen pip the Dolphins for the title on a dramatic final day of the campaign.

And Carvalho, who has been joined at Kettering by fellow former Steelmen Chris Carruthers, Herve Pepe-N’Goma and Paul Walker, conceded his knowledge of Poole’s players did help in last weekend’s notable success.

“I am super delighted with how things have gone so far,” the winger said.

“It feels like a fresh start here and I have gelled with the other boys quite quickly, although it’s been good to have the likes of Chris and Herve around.

“It’s been great to score in the first three games. All I want to do is help the club to go and achieve great things.

“I was in a good position against Poole because I knew a lot of their players after being against them a few times last season. I think that helped.

“But it was a great win for us and it has kept us moving up the table.

“We want to keep moving up but we just have to take it game by game and make sure we just focus on Cambridge now.”

Carvalho admits it has been “strange” to swap Steel Park for Latimer Park, given the rivalry that exists between Kettering and Corby.

But he insists his move to the Poppies is about, above all else, simply playing and enjoying football.

“It has been strange because during my time with Corby there was always a lot of talk about how big the games against Kettering would be, whether that was in a cup competition or anything else,” he added.

“All I want to do is play football and enjoy it and Kettering have given me the chance to do that.

“Hopefully I can keep doing well for them and help them get to where they want to be.”