Dean Thomas was delighted with what he described as a “comprehensive display” as Kettering Town got their play-off bid back on track at Latimer Park.
The Poppies eventually ran out comfortable 4-0 winners over struggling Ashford Town (Middx) in the Calor League Division One Central as Josh Moreman hit his first hat-trick for the club while fellow frontman Dubi Ogbonna also got on the scoresheet.
Kettering led 1-0 at the break but it wasn’t until the 77th minute that Ogbonna struck to knock the stuffing out of the visitors while Moreman grabbed two more to complete a much-needed victory.
The Poppies remain six points off Barton Rovers, who sit in the final play-off spot, with eight games to play – the next being another home clash with St Ives Town tomorrow (Thursday) night.
But it was a welcome return to form after two successive defeats, which followed a 21-match unbeaten run that had put Thomas’ side in contention for a top-five finish.
The Kettering manager said: “We needed that.
“It was a good performance and a good win. The three points were more important than anything else.
“But I thought it was a comprehensive display and we had control of the game throughout.
“Ashford had taken some points off a few decent sides recently so it was nice to go out there and be as dominant as we were.
“It took a bit of time to finish the game off but I would have taken 1-0. We had to win the game and in the end we had too much power and pace for us.
“I am glad we scored a few goals as well but all we can do is try to win our matches.”
Thomas also had words of praise for Moreman who got back on the goal trail after seven matches without finding the net.
“Josh is one of those exciting players,” the Poppies boss added.
“I don’t come across many exciting players in this day and age.
“He is one of these lads who has the ability to go and do what he did on Tuesday.
“He is very direct and is quite dynamic. He was pretty much unstoppable on that occasion.”
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