Elliot Sandy was a happy man after his return to Kettering Town was capped with a goal and a crucial victory at Royston Town.
The Poppies maintained their two-point lead at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central with a 2-1 success against one of the teams also fancied to challenge for promotion this season.
Sandy, who returned from Dunstable Town last week, was thrown straight in from the start and fired Kettering in front before top scorer Dubi Ogbonna sealed the points with the winner after coming off the substitutes’ bench.
It was almost a case of business as usual for Sandy after he scored some crucial goals for the Poppies during last season before departing in the summer.
And he believes they sent out a “big statement” to the rest of the league with Saturday’s success.
“It was a tough game but we performed well and, from a personal point of view, when the chance came I managed to put it away,” the frontman said.
“It was great to do it in front the fans as well and it is good to be back.
“I think it is a big statement to the rest of the league. We have shown we can go to somewhere like Royston, who are another of the title contenders, put in a good performance and win the game.
“I didn’t think they created much. They scored from a set-piece but we deserved to win it in the end and it’s great that we have done.”
Sandy, meanwhile, insists he “jumped at the chance” to come back to Latimer Park.
And he insisted his decision to leave during the summer was a “difficult” one to make.
“To be honest, it was a difficult decision for me to leave Kettering in the first place,” Sandy added.
“Dunstable wanted to go and try to win the Premier Division and I felt I did well for them, I scored a few goals.
“But recently, the chances of playing were limited for whatever reason and when Kettering came in, I jumped at the chance to come back.
“Everyone knows how I feel. It is a big club and I really want to be part of its history and try to help it back to where it belongs.”