Josh Moreman grabbed a goal on his debut for Kettering Town as they sealed a fine 2-0 win at Slough Town in the Calor League Division One Central.
After a goalless first half, Ash Fuller put the Poppies in front three minutes after the restart and, after Fuller had missed a penalty, Moreman finished the job late on as Kettering extended their fine unbeaten run to 13 matches.
In his 1,000th game as a manager, Dean Thomas handed debuts to right-back James Clifton and former Corby Town striker Moreman while another recent arrival, Dan Crowie, started on the bench with Henry Eze starting his last match before leaving for Africa.
Having not played for a couple of weeks, the Poppies looked sluggish in the first half.
And they had an early let off when Johnnie Dyer hit a post for the hosts, who also had the ball in the net in the opening period but it was ruled out for offside.
Louis Hamilton replaced Clifton at half-time with Jonathon Thorpe dropping into right-back and the Poppies enjoyed a fine start to the second half as they took the lead on 48 minutes.
Kettering broke away and Ash Fuller hit a shot that home goalkeeper Jake Somerville was unable to keep out.
And the Poppies were handed the chance to finish the game off 14 minutes from the end when Guy Hollis conceded a penalty and was then sent off for a challenge on Moreman.
Fuller stepped up but saw his spot-kick saved by Somerville - the fifth penalty Kettering have missed so far this season.
But Kettering did wrap up a superb away win with a minute to go when Moreman marked his debut with a goal as he converted Fuller’s cross.
The Poppies return to action on New Year’s Day when they head to Northamptonshire rivals and another of the high-fliers Daventry Town.
Poppies: Hinds; Clifton (sub Hamilton, h-t), Eze, Hull, Kinniburgh; Thorpe (sub Crowie, 80 mins), Gooding, Jepson, Fuller; Ogbonna (sub Newman, 90 mins), Moreman. Subs: Beckley, Bukasa.
Goals: Fuller (48 mins, 0-1), Moreman (89 mins, 0-2).