Elliot Sandy has admitted a big weight has been lifted off his and Brett Solkhon’s shoulders after they escaped bans after being charged by the Football Association.
The Kettering Town duo were fined after accepting the FA charges for contravening betting regulations, which were brought to public attention just before the start of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
It had been feared that the key pair could have been banned from playing as a result of the charges.
But with the episode now over, frontman Sandy insists he has already moved on.
And that was something that was put into practice over the bank holiday weekend as he hit a late winner to secure a 2-1 success at Frome Town before playing a key role in Monday’s 2-1 victory over King’s Lynn Town at Latimer Park.
“It was definitely hanging over us from the start of the season but, certainly from my point of view, I just tried to put it to the back of my mind,” Sandy said.
“Once it got towards the time when we were expecting to hear something, it did get difficult because we didn’t know whether we would be involved in the matches coming up.
“It is a massive weight off our shoulders and I am just glad it has all been dealt with now.
“Now Brett and I have been able to move on and concentrate on football, which is all we want to do.
“I am now just focused on improving and helping the club to have a good season.”
The Poppies will be aiming to make it three wins in a row this weekend when they head to Stratford Town on Saturday afternoon.