Machin: Poppies must make life easier for themselves

Alfie Taylor and Lewis Wilson were both singled out for praise after Kettering Town's 2-1 win at Beaconsfield. The Poppies head to Bedford Town tonight
Alfie Taylor and Lewis Wilson were both singled out for praise after Kettering Town's 2-1 win at Beaconsfield. The Poppies head to Bedford Town tonight

Scott Machin is keen for Kettering Town to make life easier for themselves as they prepare for tonight’s (Tuesday) trip to Bedford Town.

The Poppies make the short jaunt down the A6 sitting two points clear at the top of the Southern League Division One Central following the 2-1 victory at Beaconsfield SYCOB on Saturday.

Kettering were in firm control of proceedings at the weekend after first-half goals from Dubi Ogbonna and Alfie Taylor put them 2-0 up.

But Beaconsfield battled back in the second half, which was something of a concern for joint-manager Machin.

“I was pleased that we got the win and we played really well in the first half to get ourselves into a good position,” he said.

“But we let them back into it and we made things more difficult for ourselves. It’s not the first time it has happened either.

“It’s another tough game against Bedford and these matches are often more dangerous than others because you have to make sure you go with the right attitude.

“If you don’t, you will get found out and we have already seen that this season.

“The slight concern for me at the weekend was that we seemed to think the game was won once we had gone 2-0 up and that wasn’t the case. It’s an area we need to improve on.”

The Poppies go into the clash with plenty of options following the returns of James Jepson and Lewis Wilson to the club last week.

And Machin also singled out Taylor for praise after the striker took advantage of a rare starting role by scoring what prove to be the winner.

“It’s nice to have some options,” the joint-boss added

“It’s good to see James Jepson back, he was a good player for us last season but he decided to try his hand elsewhere in the summer.

“He wanted to come back and we know what he is capable of.

“I was made up for Alfie at the weekend and now he probably has an opportunity to prove his worth. He got his goal on Saturday and I am sure he will be looking for more.

“I also thought Lewis Wilson performed well and if we can get that out of him consistency then he will be a good signing for us.

“We have options in there, which is a good thing and we will make sure we pick a team that we believe is capable of getting the result we need.”