Solkhon hoping Poppies can extend their lead at the top

Brett Solkhon in action for Kettering Town during last weekend's 2-1 success at Beaconsfield SYCOB. Picture by Peter Short
Brett Solkhon in action for Kettering Town during last weekend's 2-1 success at Beaconsfield SYCOB. Picture by Peter Short

Brett Solkhon is hoping Kettering Town can bring their winning form back home tomorrow (Saturday) when they take on Uxbridge at Latimer Park.

It’s been a good week for the Poppies as they followed up last weekend’s 2-1 success at Beaconsfield SYCOB with a comfortable 4-0 win at Bedford Town.

With other results going in their favour, Kettering moved five points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central in midweek.

Legendary midfielder Solkhon is now keen for the Poppies to try to extend that advantage before they break off for some knockout action next week with a Red Insure Cup clash with Corby Town on Tuesday being followed by the start of their FA Trophy campaign against Lincoln United next weekend.

And Solkhon knows he and his team-mates must improve on their last outing at home when they were beaten 1-0 by Chalfont St Peter in the FA Cup.

The Poppies haven’t been beaten in a regular league match at Latimer Park for over a year and Solkhon said: “A lot can happen in the space of a few days.

“It was only a week ago that we had gone out of the FA Cup, the fans were upset and there was some negative press about the team.

“But we have managed to turn it around with a couple of wins and we have a bit of a gap at the top. Now we have to maintain it and try to extend it.

“We want to try to get a good result at home because it obviously wasn’t the best performance in the FA Cup against Chalfont.

“All teams go through a blip and hopefully we have come through that.

We have got ourselves back to winning ways and we will look to get another three points against Uxbridge and see if we can get further away from the chasing pack.”

Solkhon reverted to a role at the heart of the defence alongside Jason Lee for the midweek success at Bedford.

And he insists he is happy to play wherever joint-managers Thomas Baillie and Scott Machin need him to.

He added: “The managers said to me before the game at Bedford that they wanted me to play at centre-half.

“I am happy to do that, it’s the position I started my career in.

“I feel comfortable playing there or in midfield so if it helps the team then I will do it.

“We are fortunate in that we have a lot of players who are versatile and can play in a number of positions and that’s important when you don’t have a huge squad.”

Solkhon could play at the back again tomorrow as Tommy Hull begins a three-match suspension while James Jepson could miss out after he suffered a sprained ankle in the victory at Bedford.