Solkhon wants Poppies to put on a show as they go for the crown

Brett Solkhon

Brett Solkhon

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Brett Solkhon wants his Kettering Town players to produce the performance to match the occasion as they bid to wrap up the title this weekend.

The Poppies will be crowned Evo-Stik Southern League Division One champions if they better the results of Aylesbury and Royston Town this afternoon.

Kettering take on Bedford Town at Latimer Park and, even if results don’t go with them, a victory will virtually wrap things up due to their large goal difference and will mean they will need just a point at Rugby Town on Easter Monday to be mathematically sure.

Four points from the final five matches should be a formality for a team that has had few chinks in its armour this season.

But club legend Solkhon, who has been one of the star performers during the campaign, wants the job done this weekend.

The Poppies claimed a second successive draw when they were held 0-0 at St Ives Town last Saturday and they go into this weekend’s double-header on the back of a 13-match unbeaten run that has seen them pull away.

And, after years of financial struggle, Solkhon is keen for the club to have a moment to celebrate.

“It could well be a very important day for the club,” the midfielder-turned-central defender said.

“Everyone knows they (the club) have not had the best of times over the past few years.

“So this weekend is something to look forward to.

“It could be the reward for all the hard work that has been put in by the chairman (Ritchie Jeune), the fans and everyone else behind the scenes.

“We were disappointed after last weekend because we could have left ourselves with a chance to wrap it up with everything in our hands.

“But nothing changes. We have to go and win the game and hopefully that will be enough.

“We won’t stop though, we want to try to win it by as many points as we can because momentum is everything.”

The Poppies were back by a large army of supporters last weekend.

And, with a huge crowd expected at home today, Solkhon wants the team to put on a show.

“We had a massive following at St Ives last weekend and we didn’t give them the performance the support merited,” he added.

“Now we have a chance to put that right in front of a huge home crowd and we will be trying to get that win to give the fans something special to cheer about.

“They have stuck by the club and that’s been the case for as long as I can remember during my times with them.

The support is second to none and we want to put on a performance for them.”