Dean Thomas was delighted with a “gritty display” as Kettering Town maintained their good run of form in the Calor League Division One Central.
The Poppies picked up their third win in a row as Louis Hamilton’s 10th-minute strike proved to be enough to see off Egham Town at Latimer Park, although Will Muzvimbiri saw a penalty saved later in the first half.
The victory moved Thomas’ men into 10th place in the table ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Leighton Town and the Poppies boss was happy with what turned out to be an “ugly win” at the weekend.
“It was nice to see us showing the grittiness, it is a quality we probably didn’t have three or four weeks ago,” Thomas said.
“We haven’t been strong enough in some matches this season but sometimes you have to win matches in an ugly fashion and it is good that we now have players who have that grittiness about them.
“It was one of those games where we had to hang on for the win. It was a well-earned and hard-fought three points.
“We had other chances and missed a penalty and we need to be more clinical in front of goal to make games more comfortable for ourselves.
“But we have got another win on the board and you need all kinds of qualities to win matches and we showed our ugly side in this one.”
Thomas confirmed club captain Brad Piercewright has now left the club after he was left out of the squad for Saturday’s game.
Piercewright took to social networking site Twitter to vent his frustration with his words mainly aimed in Thomas’ direction.
The Poppies boss said: “It is a shame he has chosen to take that route.
“I told him he wasn’t in the squad for the game, I didn’t need another defender on the bench.
“I am disappointed with his comments on Twitter but if that is the way he feels he has to vent his frustration then that is his choice.”
Thomas also confirmed striker Muzvimbiri is now heading to Zimbabwe to represent their under-20s team while Chris Logan was also included in the weekend squad following speculation that he was about to leave the club.