Sandy happy to be Poppies’ late hero

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Elliot Sandy was delighted to be the last-gasp hero for Kettering Town at the weekend.

The attacking midfielder, who recently joined the Poppies after leaving Brackley Town, marked his first start for the club with a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser as Kettering sealed a deserved 1-1 draw at second-placed Rugby Town in the Calor League Division One Central.

The result ensured the Poppies extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 15 matches ahead of tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s home clash with Premier Division outfit Redditch United in the Red Insure Cup.

Sandy (pictured during the game by Peter Short) finally struck the goal Dean Thomas’ side had been searching for as they struggled to convert their chances, despite dominating much of the game in front of a 300-plus travelling army of Kettering fans.

He said: “Getting a goal like that will certainly help me get on side with the fans!

“Hopefully my whole performance in the game made them happy, I certainly enjoyed it.

“We controlled a lot of the play and, aside from the goal they got, I don’t think we ever really felt we were in any trouble.

“Despite the silly goal we gave away, we were in full control of the game and we had so many chances and shots. It just looked like it was going to be for us.

“But the lads showed great character to keep going and going. It was a great feeling to score the goal at the end, especially in front of all of our fans who were there.”

Sandy also summed up the confidence that is currently running through the Poppies’ squad as they bid for a play-off place at the end of the season.

Saturday’s draw saw them drop down to eighth place in the table but they are just two points off Royston Town, who currently sit in third spot.

“The squad believes we can go into every game and win it,” the recent arrival, who won numerous honours at Brackley, said.

“I guess that is an obvious approach to have but when you go to Rugby, who are second in the league, there may be a tendency to play for a point.

“We didn’t do that, we played to win the game and we were unfortunate not to.

“It wasn’t meant to be but we kept going and got a good point at the end, that made it a decent day for us.”