Poppies hero Ogbonna happy to be the penalty king

Dubi Ogbonna battles for possession during Kettering Town's 5-1 win over Leighton Town. The striker created history as he scored a hat-trick of penalties at Latimer Park. Pictures by Tony Waugh
Dubi Ogbonna battles for possession during Kettering Town's 5-1 win over Leighton Town. The striker created history as he scored a hat-trick of penalties at Latimer Park. Pictures by Tony Waugh
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Dubi Ogbonna solved Kettering Town’s penalty problems in emphatic style at the weekend.

The striker, who had already become the first Poppies player in 50 years to score back-to-back hat-tricks following his move from St Ives Town, created a new record for the club during the 5-1 success over Leighton Town at Latimer Park on Saturday.

Kettering Town v Leighton Town

Kettering Town v Leighton Town

The 22-year-old became the first Kettering player to score a hat-trick of spot-kicks in one game.

The club had already missed five penalties before the weekend, the latest being Ash Fuller’s failed attempt in the 2-0 victory at Slough Town at the end of last month.

But Ogbonna, who won two of the penalties on Saturday, made no mistake on three occasions as another treble helped send the Poppies into fifth place in the Calor League Division One Central.

It was a first for the club and a first for the man himself.

Kettering Town v Leighton Town

Kettering Town v Leighton Town

“It’s the first time I have ever done that,” Ogbonna said.

“I hadn’t scored in three games so it was nice to get back on the scoresheet. It’s always nice to score goals, it is my job and hopefully I can keep doing it.

“I have been trying to get on penalties anyway and I told the lads that I am good with them when I first came here.

“But I have had to wait my turn and be patient and I think I have shown what I can do with them.”

The Poppies eventually ran away with things on Saturday but not before they had been given a tough examination by the visitors on a boggy Latimer Park pitch.

And Ogbonna added: “The conditions were tough but fair play to the lads because they put the graft in and we eventually got the chances we deserved.

“It is never easy to score one goal, let alone five and it has been a while since we have done that to another team.

“It is always good to win games convincingly and that’s what we have done on this occasion.”