Marcus Law hailed his Kettering Town players as they stepped up their push for the play-offs with a superb 3-0 victory at King’s Lynn Town.
Over 800 fans, including a large army of Poppies followers, were on hand for the Boxing Day clash at the Walks Stadium.
But it proved to be a one-sided contest as Kettering’s first outing for two weeks after a number of postponements saw their impressive recent form continue.
James Brighton gave them the lead late in the first half before two goals from Wilson Carvalho after the break completed a comfortable win.
The Poppies have now won four of their last seven matches in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division and have kept five clean sheets in the same period.
Their latest victory kept them in ninth place but they are now just one point off Weymouth and Hitchin Town, who sit in fourth and fifth respectively.
And Law said: “It was a very good performance.
“We have become a very, very solid team to the point where opportunities for the opposition are few and far between or having to be taken under pressure.
“As a group, we are working extremely hard.
“We took a bit of time to get back into it because it had been two weeks since we were on the pitch. You can train as much as you want but nothing compares to 11 v 11.
“But we dealt with that challenge and once we got into it we caused them problems with some excellent passages of play.
“I was speaking to Gary (King’s Lynn manager Setchell) after the game and he said to me that it was the first home defeat they had had where he could have few arguments. That says it all.”
Just four points separate second-placed Chippenham Town and the Poppies, who are in ninth.
And Law is now keen for his team to continue their good form as they prepare for their first game of 2016 when they host Bedworth United at Latimer Park next Saturday.
“Clearly, it’s very very close at the moment,” the Kettering manager added.
“The league is proving to be one where anybody can beat anybody because it is happening every week.
“It has been crying out for a team to produce a consistent run.
“We have kept five clean sheets in the last seven matches and we are winning games.
“We are showing good form and a bit of consistency and we have to try to keep it going.”