Kettering Town got back to winning ways as they gained revenge on Chalfont St Peter with a 2-0 success at Latimer Park.
Having been beaten by the same opponents in the FA Cup, the Poppies made no mistake this time as they maintained top spot in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central thanks to a goal in each half from Brett Solkhon and Dubi Ogbonna.
With James Clifton and Andy Hall both serving one-match bans, Poppies joint-bosses Thomas Baillie and Scott Machin were forced into more changes following the 1-0 defeat at Bedworth United.
Claudiu Hoban returned to the side along with James Jepson, Ogbonna and skipper Steve Kinniburgh while youngster Andrew Watts was included on the bench.
The Poppies started on the front foot and Elliot Sandy forced Mike McEntegart into a good save before David Kolodynski lofted the ball over the bar after it came back in.
Chalfont’s first chance came when Louis Stead pulled the ball back to Lloyd Stephenson but his effort went wide.
But it was Kettering who broke the deadlock on 21 minutes as Solkhon, who turned the Kettering town centre Christmas lights on during the week, calmly buried his shot at the far post from a corner.
Sandy headed straight at McEntegart when he should have done better while Kolodynski was out of luck with an acrobatic effort, which went over the bar.
Kolodynski went even closer to grabbing his first goal for the Poppies when Sandy latched onto Jason Lee’s pass. His first-time cross saw Kolodynski stretching but his final effort came back off the crossbar.
The Poppies started the second half brightly but it wasn’t until the 72nd minute that they made it count.
Kolodynski was brought down by Sam Greyley and Ogbonna stepped up to score from the penalty spot.
Sandy saw a shot clawed round the post by McEntegart as the hosts looked to finish the job off and he also had an effort ruled out for offside before the end.
But the Poppies didn’t need another one as a fine display was rewarded with a well-deserved victory.
Poppies: Knight; Robinson, Solkhon, Lee, Kinniburgh; Hoban, Hull, Jepson, Ogbonna; Kolodynski, Sandy. Subs: Gooding, Marsh, Bukasa, Richard-Noel, Watts.
Chalfont: McEntegart, Greley, Louth, Paxton, Page, Paine, Clarke, Hayes, Stephenson, Hedley, Stead. Subs: Ailey, Pearce, Benhanmdi, Fowler, Yaya.
Goals: Solkhon (21 mins, 1-0), Ogbonna pen (72 mins, 2-0).