Fans have expressed their delight after Kettering Town beat county rivals Daventry in their Calor League Division One Central play-off semi-final this evening (Tuesday, April 29).
After nine consecutive wins earned them a home semi-final, fans arrived at Latimer Park with high hopes of seeing off Daventry.
And the season which began with a move back to the borough continues for another week, with the Poppies earning a place in Bank Holiday Monday’s play-off final after a nail-biting 1-0 win secured thanks to a second-minute Henry Eze goal.
But the hosts were clinging on at the end of the game, with some members of the crowd almost unable to watch during five minutes of time added on at the end of the 90.
Poppies fans Ken and Lee Jackson said Daventry were the better side for long periods of this evening’s game.
Lee said: “It was a nervous second half and Daventry definintely seemed to get back into it. But we were very organised.”
Ken added: “We watched them last year at Corby and it was pretty dire. This is brilliant.”
He also predicted an even bigger crowd for the play-off final.
More than 1,400 fans packed into Latimer Park tonight, and the club will hope that figure can be beaten when they take on Slough Town on Monday.
Another fan, Francesca Scott, said: “I was really nervous but we managed to do it in the end. Hopefully we will now go on to get promoted.”
Thomas White, who said he had been to almost every game at Latimer Park during this campaign, admitted: “I thought we were going down again at the start of the season.”
But he said he was delighted with tonight’s display, saying: “They all played very well.”