Machin hopes Poppies can create the ‘perfect scenario’

Kettering Town celebrate David Kolodynski's equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Uxbridge last weekend. The title-chasing Poppies travel to St Ives Town tomorrow. Picture by Peter Short
Kettering Town celebrate David Kolodynski's equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Uxbridge last weekend. The title-chasing Poppies travel to St Ives Town tomorrow. Picture by Peter Short
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The wait goes on for Kettering Town.

Any hopes the Poppies may have had of clinching the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central title this weekend were ended when second-placed Aylesbury beat Egham Town 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Kettering hold an 11-point advantage at the summit with both teams having six games to play.

A win at St Ives Town this weekend will mean that some sort of opportunity to claim the crown will be created for the Easter Saturday clash with Bedford Town at Latimer Park.

Joint-boss Scott Machin has conceded it has felt like a long week since the 2-2 draw at Uxbridge last Saturday as Kettering took an early lead through Elliot Sandy before needing a third goal in as many games from David Kolodynski to secure a point after they had gone 2-1 down.

And while Machin knows his team can’t “pick and choose” when they hopefully wrap up the title, he would love to create the “perfect scenario” for a week tomorrow.

“We have to deal with what we can deal with,” the Poppies joint-manager said.

“And the fact is, we can’t deal with anyone else’s games, we will concentrate on ourselves like we have done all season.

“Saturday is another important one because if we can get a win then we will be that bit closer.

“Aylesbury are on a really good run and we can’t just rely on other teams dropping points.

“But it’s the perfect scenario isn’t it?

“We would love to be able to win the league at home, in front of our own supporters.

“But you can’t pick and choose. The most important thing is making sure we get the job done.

“It’s a tricky time because we have come out of a lengthy period where we were playing Saturday-Tuesday and now things have become a bit fragmented.

“We just want the next game to come around and it would have been nice to have a midweek match to get last weekend out of our system.”

St Ives were on the end of a 5-0 hammering at Latimer Park back in September and go into the game on the back of a 2-0 loss at Barton Rovers on Tuesday night.

But Machin has warned his players that things won’t be that straightforward when the two teams meet again.

“We were comfortable winners against St Ives early in the season but they are a different team to the one we played that night,” he added.

“They were beaten on Tuesday but they had been on a good run before that so it is going to be another tough game for us.

“They are no mugs by any stretch of the imagination.

“We have to go there and do what we have done for most of the season and try to put on a good performance.”