Gooding wants Poppies to turn performances into points

Andy Gooding celebrates with Courtney Baker-Richardson and Will Grocutt after one of Kettering Town's goals in the 5-0 win at Market Drayton Town. Picture by Peter Short
Andy Gooding celebrates with Courtney Baker-Richardson and Will Grocutt after one of Kettering Town's goals in the 5-0 win at Market Drayton Town. Picture by Peter Short
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Andy Gooding knows Kettering Town must start turning their performances into valuable league points.

The Poppies head to Paulton Rovers on Saturday, looking to get their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign back on track after suffering a 2-1 defeat at Stratford Town last time out.

But they make the trip to take on struggling Rovers, who are yet to win a league game this season, on the back of a fine 5-0 success at Market Drayton Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup last weekend.

Gooding struck twice from the penalty spot in that victory, which he believes has boosted confidence amongst the squad.

“It’s always difficult going to places like that because you never really know what to expect,” the midfielder said.

“It was all about doing things properly and starting the game well. We did that and they struggled to deal with it.

“I think that win has given us more confidence as a group and have increased the confidence we have in each other. We are still getting to know each other because it is a fairly new group.

“I would say we have been a bit unfortunate in some of our league games so far and we haven’t been well beaten by anyone but the fact we haven’t got more points on the board is very disappointing.

“Our main aim now is to turn the performances we have been producing into points and get ourselves moving up the table.”

Gooding is one of the survivors from last season’s Division One Central title-winning squad.

His two penalties at Market Drayton made it four goals so far but he knows manager Marcus Law and the other backroom staff will be demanding even more from him in the weeks and months to come.

“Overall we have played some good football and I think every player wants to be part of that,” Gooding added.

“It all comes from the manager and the staff and they never let us sit back and relax.

“They are always pushing for more from the midfielders and questioning how many goals we can get so that has created a bit of a competition between all us in there.

“I am really enjoying being part of this squad and it’s been nice to chip in with a couple of goals recently, even if three of my four have come from penalties!”