Scott Machin insists Kettering Town “need to be careful” with the club’s young players.
Seventeen-year-old winger Reubus Richard-Noel was handed his first start for the Poppies in Satutrday’s 2-1 victory over Lincoln United in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy.
Richard-Noel produced an energetic display on the right side of midfield, which earned him the man-of-the-match award.
Niall Duffy has also made the jump up from the club’s under-21 side this season.
And while Machin hailed the impact of Richard-Noel, he was also quick to voice a few words of caution
“It was nice to be able to blood some of the younger lads and we wanted to see what Reubus could do,” the Poppies’ joint-manager said.
“He impressed us during pre-season and he has been playing well for the scholars team and also for the under-21s.
“We decided to give him a chance and he did fantastically well for such a young lad.
“His delivery into the box is very good but we need to be careful with him because he is only 17. We need to make sure we are using him at the right time.
“But when you are that young you play without any fear and we were very pleased with him.”
Machin, meanwhile, believes Josh Moreman’s loan move to Huntingdon Town is already paying off.
The frontman scored in Huntingdon’s 3-1 win at Oadby Town in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division after joining them until November 11.
And Machin is in no doubt that some time away from Latimer Park is the right thing for Moreman.
He added: “Josh has had a bit of a tough time. He was ill as we came into the season and it took him a while to get over that.
“He has worked really hard over the last few weeks without anything going his way.
“So we felt it was probably better for him to drop down a level, go and play a few games and get some confidence back.
“He scored at the weekend and that’s perfect because it shows that the move is already working.”
The Poppies return to action at the weekend when they head to Royston Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.