Marcus Law was delighted with the response from his Kettering Town players as they made a quick return to winning ways at Latimer Park.
The Poppies hit back from their 4-0 loss at Dunstable Town with an impressive display as goals from Gary Mulligan and Courtney Baker-Richardson secured a 2-1 success over Hungerford Town, who responded with a stoppage-time penalty from Mark Draycott.
Kettering could even afford to miss a spot-kick themselves as Shane Gore saved Dubi Ogbonna’s effort from 12 yards.
In the end, it didn’t matter as the Poppies ran out deserved winners as they moved into 12th place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
And boss Law said: “I thought it was a great response from Tuesday and I think the work that we did on Thursday night really showed.
“The penalty could have made life easier for us but as the game went on, I always felt we were going to win.
“We warranted that result. We were always in control and we made a very good side look like they were struggling for ideas and I felt we looked threatening.
“It was nice that we got the second goal but we were just disappointed that the penalty at the end took the shine off it.
“But we have only been beaten once at home so we are in a good place.
“We just get a bit emotional and dragged down by the one result, as you do in football. But we are still going in the right direction.”
Law rang the changes to his starting line-up in the wake of that defeat at Dunstable and, although it produced the desired result, he refused to rule out further adjustments ahead of another home clash against fourth-placed Chippenham Town on Tuesday night.
“We changed personnel and I think the lads who came in have earned the right to keep it,” he added.
“But like I said to them on Tuesday, the way we seem to be as a group, they shouldn’t be surprised if I change it again because the time that I did keep it the same we got massively punished.
“We brought Dom (Langdon) and Ollie (Thorne) in and we have shifted Brett (Solkhon) across and I just thought the back four looked really experienced and strong.
“Moving Gary Mulligan into midfield gave us a physical presence and I think James Brighton is coming on leaps and bounds. I am over the moon that Alan Doyle worked as hard as he did to bring the lad to the club.”