Machin pleased as Luton boss Still takes a look at Poppies

Dubi Ogbonna was on target for Kettering Town again last night with Luton Town boss John Still an interested observer at Latimer Park

Dubi Ogbonna was on target for Kettering Town again last night with Luton Town boss John Still an interested observer at Latimer Park

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Scott Machin believes Kettering Town should be pleased with themselves if managers from a higher level are beginning to have a look at some of their players.

Luton Town manager John Still and his first-team coach Hakan Hayrettin were interested observers at Latimer Park last night (Tuesday) as the Poppies maintained their superb start to the Southern League Division One Central campaign with 5-0 thumping of St Ives Town.

Speculation would suggest that Still was there to take a closer look at Kettering hot-shot Dubi Ogbonna, who was on target in the first half with his sixth goal of the season.

And while Poppies joint-boss Machin admitted he wasn’t sure who the Luton duo were specifically looking at, he insists the fact they were there suggests good things are happening for his club.

“We knew he (Still) was coming but we don’t know who he was looking at, although you would suspect it would be Dubi,” Machin said.

“That’s what happens when you are successful and playing some decent football at times, people will come and have a look at you.

“And Dubi is always going to grab headlines because he scores goals.

“It is a good sign for me that other managers from higher up are coming to have a look at our lads. It’s not problem as far as we are concerned.”

Machin, meanwhile, was pleased with a second successive 5-0 success as Brett Solkhon hit a first career hat-trick and Andy Hall was on target with his seventh goal in six games.

The table-topping Poppies, who are now preparing for a FA Cup first qualifying round clash at Aylesbur on Saturday, even survived a floodlight failure during the second half as the match was delayed for 25 minutes before the power was restored.

And Machin added: “I was nervous for a while and I was fearing all the hard work was going to go down the drain.

“Thankfully they got someone in and they got the lights back on.

“And after that the game was a bit disjointed and we just kept possession as best we could.

“It was a good night for us and we moved the ball well.

“The system worked for us and it always helps when Dubi is on song and he was certainly that this time.”

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