Machin urges Poppies to finish the job quickly

The Kettering Town players celebrate one of their goals during the 5-0 win over Egham Town in midweek. They take on Hanwell Town at Latimer Park this weekend
The Kettering Town players celebrate one of their goals during the 5-0 win over Egham Town in midweek. They take on Hanwell Town at Latimer Park this weekend
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Scott Machin wants Kettering Town to go and “finish the job” after they moved to within touching distance of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central title in midweek.

The Poppies turned in a superb first-half display as they scored all five goals in the opening 45 minutes to complete a 5-0 success over Egham Town at Latimer Park on Tuesday night.

With it being their game in hand on second-placed Bedworth United, Kettering moved 12 points clear of the chasing pack with just eight games to play – the next of which is a fourth successive home match when Hanwell Town visit tomorrow (Saturday).

It now seems to be a matter of when not if as far as the title and promotion are concerned.

Joint-boss Machin has urged his players to retain their focus until the job is finally done.

And he would prefer it gets completed sooner rather than later.

“We have got to finish the job and we need to try to do it as quickly as we can,” he said.

“If we decide that we have done it already then we will start getting caught out, it’s easily done.

“People know me and they will know that I won’t celebrate anything until we have crossed the line.

“We have been saying for a few weeks now that it’s all in our hands and we need to go and finish it off now.”

The Poppies could be in for a tricky test tomorrow as they face a Hanwell team who are pushing for the play-offs and have suffered just two defeats away from home this season.

Machin added: “We went there earlier in the season, we won 1-0 and it was tough. They like to play good football.

“Our pitch is improving all the time so I am sure they will come here and pass the ball.

“If we play like we did on Tuesday and Hanwell play to their potential then it should be a really entertaining game for people to come and see.

“But it’s going to be a difficult one for us. They have been taking points off the teams at the top so they will be dangerous opponents.

“We need to be as focused as we were when we went down there if we are to get another win.”

The Poppies are likely to have right-back James Clifton available again after he missed Tuesday’s win with a virus.

The club, meanwhile, have confirmed the injury sustained by youngster Reubus Richard-Noel after a clash of heads in midweek was not serious and that he is expected to make a quick recovery.