Marcus Law felt Kettering Town “came good in the end” as they completed a quickfire double over Biggleswade Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
Two weeks after recording a 3-1 success in the away fixture, the Poppies sealed a 2-1 victory over the same opponents at Latimer Park.
Biggleswade were reduced to 10 men after just 11 minutes when Callum Lewis saw red for a challenge on Liam Canavan.
But the visitors took the lead in the second half before Kettering battled back with Brett Solkhon marking his 400th appearance for the club with the equaliser.
And an Andrew Iwelino own-goal four minutes from full-time secured the three points as the Poppies moved up to ninth in the table.
Law admitted it wasn’t a “perfect” performance but he was delight to see his team get a slice of good fortune.
“I said to the lads after the game at Hitchin (a 2-1 defeat) that we needed to show a bit more heart and desire and make sure we manage games correctly,” the Kettering boss said.
“It’s not always going be perfect and we got a bit of luck with the own-goal and things went our way on this occasion.
“I don’t think we have had a great deal of luck go our way so it was nice to see little things going for us.
“I know they were struggling in terms of personnel so I think they were coming to spoil the game anyway.
“The referee’s decision (to send Lewis off) enhanced that and we needed something to trigger things for us. We needed to make the game happen rather than wait for it to come to us.
“We struggled to do that in the first half. We needed something to happen and ironically it was their goal that gave us a bit of urgency and it livened up the crowd who got behind us.
“But we came good in the end. In terms of possession and chances, I thought we deserved it but I am sure Biggleswade will feel they deserved more.”
Law, meanwhile, paid his own tribute to Solkhon after he reached a personal milestone.
“The fact he has played 400 games here and he has been committed to football for such a long time shows how dedicated he is,” Law added.
“He is easy to manage in the sense that you know he will be committed and you know he will always prepare correctly. You certainly don’t have to boost his confidence.
“Would I always have a Brett Solkhon in my team? Most definitely.”
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