Sandy just wants the points on the board for Poppies

Elliot Sandy celebrates after scoring the winner for Kettering Town in Saturday's 2-1 success over AFC Hayes. Picture by Alison Bagley
Elliot Sandy celebrates after scoring the winner for Kettering Town in Saturday's 2-1 success over AFC Hayes. Picture by Alison Bagley

Elliot Sandy insists he doesn’t mind how the points arrive for Kettering Town as they continue their bid for promotion this season.

Joint-boss Thomas Baillie admitted his team were “poor” as they claimed a 2-1 success over struggling AFC Hayes at Latimer Park on Saturday.

Sandy coolly stroked home a late penalty to seal another three points and the win proved to be crucial as the Poppies’ nearest rivals – Bedworth United and Aylesbury – both had their games called off.

Kettering sit three points clear of Bedworth and five ahead of Aylesbury with a game in hand on both ahead of the latter’s visit to Latimer Park on Saturday.

And Sandy, who has been performing well in the middle of midfield after dropping in from a more attacking role, insists it’s just all about the points for the Poppies at the moment.

He said: “It was a real battle. We all know about the surface and it doesn’t help us and becomes a bit of a leveller.

“On the day, they were fired up and gave it everything but we just did enough to win.

“It hadn’t really been mentioned about who would be on penalties but I was happy to take it and it was a great feeling to score, particularly in front of our supporters.

“We know it probably wasn’t a great game for the fans to watch but they never stopped backing us and I am glad we could reward them with a win.

“Things even out over the season and I know there have been games this season where we have dominated and had chance after chance and gone on to lose 1-0.

“Sometimes you get the rub of the green and just do enough to get a victory and that was the case with us on Saturday so we will take it.

“For me, at this stage of the season, it’s all about getting points on the board and I don’t really care how we do it. It’s about getting enough points to get promoted because that’s what everyone wants.”

Sandy, meanwhile, believes the Poppies are getting back into their stride after a third win in a row.

Those victories have come after an enforced three-week break from match action.

“As much as you train, nothing is the same as a match situation in terms of fitness and intensity,” Sandy added.

“So to come back from an enforced break of over three weeks with three wins in a row is great.

“It does take time to get back in a rhythm and Aylesbury might find that to be the case on Saturday because they have had an enforced break of their own.

“It will be up to us to try to take advantage of that by starting the game well.”

Kettering have confirmed a change in their fixture schedule for the next couple of weeks as Saturday’s clash with Aylesbury starts a run of six games in 17 days.

The Poppies will now travel to North Greenford United next Tuesday (February 24) with the re-arranged home game with Egham Town now set to be played at Latimer Park on Tuesday, March 10.

Read more from Elliot Sandy in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph