Machin wants Poppies to keep their feet on the ground

Joint-boss Scott Machin has urged his Kettering Town players to keep their feet on the ground after a fine start to the new season
Joint-boss Scott Machin has urged his Kettering Town players to keep their feet on the ground after a fine start to the new season
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Scott Machin insists no-one at Kettering Town will be getting carried away by their impressive start to the new Southern League Division One Central campaign.

The Poppies opened up with a 2-1 success against Aylesbury United last weekend before taking things up a notch or two on Tuesday night as a magnificent first-half display set them up for a crushing 5-0 win over Northwood at Latimer Park.

The title favourites looked just that in midweek as Dubi Ogbonna scored a hat-trick in the opening period while Andy Gooding’s penalty and a first goal for the club for Alfie Taylor rounded things off.

Kettering now hit the road with trips to Egham Town (tomorrow) and Leighton Town (Tuesday) over the next week.

And while he was delighted with Tuesday’s showing, joint-manager Machin insists he and his players will keep their feet on the ground.

“The football we played in the first half on Tuesday was exceptional,” Machin said.

“The passing and movement in the final third was great and the difference between that and Saturday was that the final ball into the box was much better.

“But no-one can get carried away with it, we have played two games out of a long season.

“We played really well on Tuesday and have set ourselves a standard for the next game.

“But it will be tough on Saturday. Egham were decent last season. We did win down there but it was a very difficult game and it will be again at the weekend.

“We will keep our feet on the ground, keep going and see where we are in five or six weeks.”