Gary Mulligan is no stranger to promotion pushes and he is keen to play his part as Kettering Town bid for title glory in the next three months.
The former Northampton Town and Gillingham frontman joined the Poppies from Dunstable Town this week and made his debut as a second-half substitute in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Beaconsfield SYCOB at Latimer Park.
That was the Poppies’ first game for three-and-a-half weeks but the success was still enough to send them back to the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central on goal difference from Bedworth United.
Kettering still have two games in hand on their nearest rivals, fact which keeps them as favourites for the crown.
And winning the title is Mulligan’s sole aim.
He previously won the Southern League Premier Division title with Brackley Town alongside the likes of Elliot Sandy, Brett Solkhon and James Clifton who are already established in the current Poppies squad.
Mulligan was forced to watch the majority of Tuesday’s game from the sidelines as he awaits his first start.
But he was impressed with what he saw and the 29-year-old knows what it will take to ensure Kettering continue on the right course.
“It’s just about being consistent,” Mulligan said.
“I think we have a good bunch of lads here so it should be a case of all systems go and hopefully we can go and do it.
“It was good to get out there on Tuesday and it is great to be here.
“I am good mates with Elliot, Brett and James and that obviously makes things easier to fit in.
“Hopefully I can bring a bit of experience to the lads and win the league with them.
“I thought the lads did really well. They looked solid on a difficult pitch to play on.
“But they did the right things all the way through.
“It was a great three points and we are top of the table. Now we need to go on a run.”
The Poppies’ next assignment is a trip to Potters Bar Town tomorrow (Saturday).
And Mulligan insists he will be “knocking on the door” in a bid to get his first start for the club.
However, he admitted he was impressed with the performance of fellow forward Dubi Ogbonna, who grabbed the winner on Tuesday.
“I thought Dubi did very well up front on his own,” he added.
“But I will be knocking on the door and trying to get into the starting line-up.”
The Poppies have re-arranged their home clash with Leighton Town for Tuesday, March 3 while the game at North Greenford United will take place a week later on March 10. Both games will kick-off at 7.45pm.