“Don’t get carried away yet.”
That is the message from Kettering Town joint-manager Scott Machin after what may be a defining week in the race for the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One title.
The Poppies claimed an impressive 1-0 success at Godalming Town last weekend but it was Tuesday night which proved to be significant.
While the Poppies were securing their seventh win in a row with a 3-2 success over Leighton Town, second-placed Bedworth United had their eight-match unbeaten run ended by a 3-2 home defeat to Hanwell Town.
It means Kettering now hold an eight-point lead at the summit ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday) home clash with Marlow while Tuesday’s encounter against Egham Town will be their game in hand on Bedworth.
With just 10 games to go, excitement over the prospect of claiming the title is beginning to build.
But Machin is urging everyone, especially the players, to remain grounded.
Machin said: “It’s certainly in our hands now, isn’t it?
“Tomorrow will be another important game simply because we need to make sure we are picking points up.
“I am not stupid enough to think we are going to go until the end of the season without losing – that is unrealistic.
“If we do, fantastic. But we have some tough games at the back end of the season so we have targeted this time of year to pick up some good points.
“My message really is that we can’t afford to get carried away. We have to stay focused.
“The attitude of the players has been great and we need to make sure that stays the same because football has a funny habit of kicking you up the backside when you think you have cracked it.
“Let’s have a look at the table at the end of the season and we’ll see how we’ve done.
“I know it’s boring but it’s the truth, we can’t get carried away with anything just yet.”