Kettering boss Leese demands 'more of the same' in crucial Berkhamsted clash

Kettering Town boss Andy Leese is demanding 'more of the same' in Saturday's crucial Pitching-In Southern League Premier Central clash at Berkhamsted.
Kettering Town boss Andy Leese (Picture: Peter Short)Kettering Town boss Andy Leese (Picture: Peter Short)
Kettering Town boss Andy Leese (Picture: Peter Short)

The Poppies clambered out of the relegation zone on Tuesday night as they produced what Leese described as their 'most rounded performance of the season' to claim a 2-0 win at Leiston.

Second half goals from Sam Bennett and Tyrone Lewthwaite secured the victory, which was only the second of the season in the league for Kettering.

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And Leese now wants to see his side to maintain their performance levels as they go to a Berkhamsted side sitting one point and two places below them in the table.

Berko have endured a difficult start to the season, and on Saturday were humiliated as they were thrashed 9-0 at Coalville Town.

They reacted to that battering by signing three new players, including former AFC Rushden & Diamonds skipper Luke Massingham, and turned in a much-improved performance with a 2-2 draw with Stratford Town on Tuesday.

And Leese is warning his players they will be in for a difficult afternoon on Saturday unless they are on their game.

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"I think Berkhamsted have picked up a bit," said the Poppies boss.

"They have signed three or four players since last weekend and they picked up a point on Tuesday night.

"So you can't place too much score on what they did on Saturday, and we just want to produce more of the same."

A motivation for the Poppies players is that they know a win on Saturday will lift them a further place in the table, as Leiston in the spot above them aren't playing.

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They can also close in on a cluster of clubs above them, and Leese said: "We have got games in hand, and Saturday will almost be one of those games in hand, because a lot of the teams are tied up in the FA Trophy.

"So we have to go and put on a performance like we did on Tuesday."