Dean Thomas was pleased with a job well done as Kettering Town returned to winning ways in the Calor League Division One Central.
The Poppies bounced back from a midweek defeat to Rugby Town with a 2-0 success at Ashford Town (Middx) as second-half goals from Steve Kinniburgh and Lewis Wilson sealed a welcome three points.
Having returned to the club during the week, Henry Eze started at the heart of defence while another new arrival, Chimdi, Akubuine was also in the starting line-up.
And the Poppies took advantage of their hosts being reduced to 10 men after 35 minutes while the late dismissal of Jake Newman for two bookable offences couldn’t take the gloss off a good day.
Kettering boss Thomas said: “We played pretty well throughout the game.
“We took control of the game from the start and we created plenty of chances but we just couldn’t find the breakthrough.
“But I got them in at half-time and just told them to be patient. Ashford going down to 10 men changed the course of the game.
“But the lads listened, they stayed patient and then took the chances when they came in the second half.
“The lads who came in did well for us and it is pleasing to get a win under our belts.
“We probably have to remind ourselves and others that this is a marathon and not a sprint.
“We needed to go there, to a tough ground and pick up a result. I am pleased with the lads because they adjusted to the surroundings and got the job done.”
The Poppies are back in action on Saturday when they take on Northwood at Latimer Park.