Moreman: Poppies must avoid dropping stupid points

Josh Moreman heads off to celebrate his goal in Kettering Town's 3-1 success at Potters Bar Town last weekend. Picture by Peter Short
Josh Moreman heads off to celebrate his goal in Kettering Town's 3-1 success at Potters Bar Town last weekend. Picture by Peter Short

Josh Moreman knows Kettering Town can’t afford to drop any “stupid” points as their bid for promotion continues at Latimer Park this weekend.

The Poppies kept hold of top spot in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central with a 3-1 success at Potters Bar Town last Saturday.

Moreman was restored to the starting line-up and responded in kind by scoring the second goal while Elliot Sandy and Gary Mulligan – with his first for the club – were also on target.

That made it back-to-back wins after over three weeks without a game due to a series of postponements.

The Poppies entertain struggling AFC Hayes tomorrow (Saturday) and top the table on goal difference from Bedworth United, although they still have two games in hand on them and third-placed Aylesbury who sit a further two points adrift and are the visitors to Latimer Park next weekend.

And Moreman believes Kettering have learned the lessons of last season after he felt they ultimately cost themselves promotion.

“It was a good away win and it was great to get another three points on the board,” the frontman said.

“It is all there for us to go and get promoted.

“But we know we can’t drop our game or get complacent with the way the league table is at the moment.

“We can’t afford to drop any stupid points.

“We did that at times last season and it ended up costing us promotion. We can’t make that same mistake.

“From a personal point of view, it was nice to be back in the team last weekend and to get a goal to help the boys to another win was a great feeling.

“There is real competition for places at the moment. We have a lot of good strikers at the club and you know that if you get in the team you have to perform to a high level to stay in it.”

This season could well be described as a bit ‘up and down’ as far as Moreman is concerned.

Having seen the start of the campaign curtailed by injury and illness, the former Corby Town man suffered a visible loss of confidence as he attempted to force his way back into the team.

It resulted in joint-bosses Thomas Baillie and Scott Machin sending him out on loan to Huntingdon Town and then Stamford in a bid to get games under his belt.

And those stints away from Latimer Park seem to have had the desired effect.

“It was good to get some games and restore a bit of positive thinking,” Moreman added.

“I played as many games as I could and I have come back here with a lot more confidence and hopefully that has already shown.”