David Kolodynski conceded it was a “relief” for him to get off the mark as he hit a hat-trick in Kettering Town’s 5-0 victory over Royston Town on Saturday.
The Poppies found themselves in a tough contest during the first half but, with the score locked at 0-0, visiting midfielder Scott Bridges saw red after kicking out at Jason Lee.
And Kettering took full advantage as goals from Andy Hall and Elliot Sandy put them in charge in the second half before Kolodynski weighed in with a 23-minute hat-trick to round it off.
The victory saw the Poppies maintain their five-point lead at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central
Kolodynski said: “It’s definitely a relief to have got my first goals but as long as we are winning games I am happy.
“Royston are always a good side and they are always up there. I had already played them once this season so I knew what to expect.
“If they are going to do silly things then we have to take advantage and that’s what we did.
“Sometimes playing against 10 men can be harder but we dug in, played some good football and took our chances when we got them.”
Kolodynski’s first goal was as scrappy as they came but he showed his predatory instincts with the second before being handed the ball in stoppage-time to convert a penalty after Sandy had been fouled.
The frontman added: “It was a terrible first goal for me! But the other two make it a bit better.
“My dad, the fans and everyone have been waiting for me to score but they have all been positive and it’s nice to be able to to reward them with a hat-trick.
“Andy Gooding is the penalty taker but he knew I was on two goals and he gave me the opportunity to get my hat-trick.
“I am thankful to him for doing that and it was a decent penalty so I am very happy.”
The Poppies play their final game before Christmas when they head to Northwood on Saturday.
Don’t miss a full preview and more from David Kolodynski in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph