Machin wants Poppies to keep up early momentum

Kettering Town joint-manager Scott Machin
Kettering Town joint-manager Scott Machin

Scott Machin is hoping Kettering Town can “keep up the momentum” when they take on Northwood at Latimer Park tonight (Tuesday).

The Poppies are aiming to make it back-to-back home wins at the start of the new Southern League Division One Central season after kicking off with a 2-1 success over Aylesbury United at the weekend.

By his own admission, joint-manager Machin admitted Saturday’s performance “wasn’t the most entertaining” from his team.

And he is urging his players to show patience this evening as they target another maximum haul.

“At this stage, it’s just all about trying to keep up the momentum that we have built through pre-season and into Saturday,” Machin said.

“We got off to a winning start, which was pleasing, although it wasn’t the most entertaining performance.

“We have to be aware that teams will come to our ground, sit in and ask us to try to break them down.

“That’s how it was at times on Saturday and, in chasing the game, we left ourselves a bit exposed at times.

“We have to show a bit of patience, particularly in these early matches. Every player in every team wants to get off to a good start and you could see that on Saturday. For the first 30 minutes or so, it was bedlam because everyone was fresh.

“Things will settle down and when that time comes, we have to make sure we have early points on the board.”

The Poppies will have Brett Solkhon back in their squad after he missed Saturday’s opener due to a one-match ban while there will be a late check on Henry Eze after he suffered a hamstring injury during the warm-up at the weekend.

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