Dean Thomas was a happy man as Kettering Town landed a punch on one of their fellow high-fliers in the Calor League Division One Central.
After two weeks without a game, the Poppies returned to action and extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 13 matches with a 2-0 success at Slough Town.
Thomas’ men had to endure a tough first half as the hosts hit the post and saw an effort ruled out for offside.
But Kettering came out strongly in the second period and took the lead through Ash Fuller before he missed the club’s fifth penalty of the season after Guy Hollis was sent off for a foul on debutant Josh Moreman.
However, former Corby Town striker Moreman had the final say when he finished the job in the last minute with his first goal for the Poppies.
Thomas’ men moved back up to seventh place as a result and are now preparing for a big clash at Northamptonshire rivals and fifth-placed Daventry Town on New Year’s Day.
And the Poppies boss said: “We didn’t really get going in the first half.
“We sat back and allowed them to come on to us. We changed things up and I think it worked for us.
“It is always difficult when you haven’t played for a couple of weeks and I think we looked a bit rusty.
“But in the second half we came out with a lot more vigour and threat.
“We scored a couple of good goals and we defended very well. The key was that we took our chances and that was very pleasing.”
Thomas, meanwhile, had a word of praise for Moreman who marked his debut with a goal.
“I thought he started a bit slowly but we saw him grow into the game,” the Poppies boss said.
“We have to remember that he is new to the squad and I think that showed at times. But he gradually got into it and his confidence grew as the game went on.
“He has got his goal in the end and he showed his instinct for the first one as well because he was there to finish it off if Ash’s shot hadn’t gone in.
“It was a good start for Josh. He has got 90 minutes under his belt and there will be more to come.”