Solkhon sets his sights on a play-off place for Poppies

Poppies captain Brett Solkhon and his team-mates are now chasing a play-off place. Picture by Peter Short
Poppies captain Brett Solkhon and his team-mates are now chasing a play-off place. Picture by Peter Short

Brett Solkhon has his sights firmly set on helping Kettering Town claim a play-off place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

After an inconsistent start, the Poppies have managed to get themselves on a good run of form with just one defeat in their last six matches.

They bounced back from last Tuesday’s disappointing 1-0 loss at 10-man Cirencester Town with a 1-0 victory of their own at St Neots Town at the weekend thanks to Rene Howe’s first-half goal.

Kettering missed the chance to build on that as their midweek clash with Dorchester Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Latimer Park.

Now they are now preparing to take on strugglers Frome Town at home on Saturday before a re-arranged trip to fourth-placed Redditch United follows on Monday night.

The Poppies are now just three points behind fifth-placed Leamington and, with leaders Poole Town well clear of everyone else, captain Solkhon insists the play-offs are now the main aim.

“You would probably have to say Poole are too far away from us now,” the Poppies skipper said.

“Our goal now has to be the play-offs especially with the quality we have in the side.

“Frome are near the bottom and they are battling for their lives.

“Our pitch could probably be described as a leveller but we have adapted well to it recently and we need to make sure we are focused.

“If we can get the three points then it will set us up for a big game at Redditch on Monday because they are one of the teams we are trying to catch.”

Solkhon believes the flurry of new signings made by Marcus Law have played a key role in Kettering’s upturn in fortunes.

They have conceded just two goals in the last six matches and Solkhon believes they have picked a good time to finally find some consistency.

“I think a lot of teams would have felt like us and known that if they could get on a decent run then they would be there or thereabouts,” he added.

“We have shown what can happen with a good run of form. It has gone well in the last few weeks and the new lads have come in and given us some impetus.

“We have tightened things up and we have picked up some battling 1-0 wins, which is a good sign.

“It was disappointing at Cirencester, especially as they were down to 10 men for so long.

“I think that was a good kick up the backside and we went to St Neots and picked up another 1-0 win in tough conditions.

“That has set us up nicely for the next two games and the Christmas fixtures.”