Marcus Law conceded Kettering Town’s 0-0 draw with Cambridge City at a windswept Latimer Park was “a fair result”.
Both teams found it tough with a galeforce wind sweeping across the ground all afternoon and while there was plenty of endeavour, neither side looked like making a breakthrough.
But the stalemate did extend the Poppies’ unbeaten run in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division to four matches.
They also made it three clean sheets in a row with goalkeeper Craig Hill making Paul Walker wait for his debut, although Law believes another recent arrival has also played a key role in helping Kettering to become more solid at the back.
And Law said: “I think you have to go both teams credit for the attitude and application. It was probably a fair result in the end.
“I needed to fire our boys up a little bit because they were waiting too long and deliberating things in the first half.
“But we upped our tempo and we forced Cambridge to defend very solidly.
“Our goalkeeper has made a great save in the first half and they were dangerous on the counter-attack.
“But we were much stronger in the second half. If anyone was going to score I thought it would be us.
“The run continues. We haven’t lost in four, it’s three clean sheets on the bounce.
“There will be a lot of talk about the goalkeeper and rightly so but I think a big factor in those clean sheets has been where we have put Herve Pepe-N’Goma.
“He has come into that position (holding midfield) and secured everything in that central area.”
The Poppies are back in action on Tuesday night when they make the trip to Cirencester Town.