Machin: Poppies must keep things going their way

Kettering Town joint-manager Scott Machin
Kettering Town joint-manager Scott Machin

Scott Machin has urged his Kettering Town players to ensure things keep going their way after they took a giant step towards the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central title.

Dubi Ogbonna’s penalty and further goals from Elliot Sandy and Andy Hall secured a seventh win in a row for the Poppies as they beat Leighton Town 3-2 at Latimer Park.

But the best news came from up the road in Warwickshire as second-placed Bedworth United’s impressive run of form was ended in a 3-2 home loss to Hanwell Town.

It meant Kettering were able to open up an eight-point lead at the top of the table while still having a game in hand on their nearest rivals.

With the title now there for the taking, joint-boss Machin is keen to see his players stay focused on the job ahead of three more home games over the next week or so.

The Poppies take on Marlow at Latimer Park on Saturday before entertaining Egham Town in what will be their game in hand on Bedworth on Tuesday night.

And Machin wants more performances similar to last night’s as he felt the final scoreline didn’t quite tell the full story.

“It’s three points gained on our rivals which is wonderful,” he said.

“Bedworth have been on a great run themselves but you can’t win every game and it has gone our way this time. We have to make sure it keeps going our way.

“We have three more home games coming up and we know the expectations.

“We need to make sure we perform how we did last night because we were good. We were professional and we looked after the ball pretty well.

“The scoreline didn’t really reflect the game because we dominated from the start until the finish.

“We maybe didn’t get the rewards our play deserved at times, we had chance after chance in the first half.

“There was a dubious penalty given against us after we went 2-0 up and that gave Leighton a bit of belief and it was a real contest for 10 or 15 minutes.

“We managed to get the third goal and that killed the game off but then their lad has scored a wonderful free-kick.

“But we are very happy with what we have done in recent weeks and now we have to keep it going.”

Don’t miss a full preview of this weekend’s game in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph