The majority of the squad were still buoyed by their excellent, battling display at Cogenhoe United in the Senior Youth League on Thursday night and went at the Poppies right from the outset.
The outstanding Joe Hobson on the left and skipper Oli Anderson on the right pushed forward at every opportunity with the only thing missing was a decent final pass or cross.
Another lovely passing move ended with Anderson forcing a fine save from the visiting keeper, while at the other end, former Kettering keeper Alfie Whitchurch was only asked to deal with the occasional long through ball which was too strong or a pass back.
Max Wynne had the first half`s best opportunity but fired wide, while Brady Stratford should have done a little better with a free header 6 yards out.
The majority of the second half was virtually one-way traffic, with Filip Kulinowski, Spencer Taylor, Eman Kyeremeh and Hobson all had presentable opportunities and it looked as though it might end up being one of those days.
However, with 15 minutes left to play the Doughboys made the breakthrough when Kulinowski got hold of the ball on the edge of the area and fired over the Poppies keeper and into the top corner for a fine goal.
The last few minutes saw Kettering push forward looking for an equaliser, but they only really had one clear-cut chance which Whitchurch kept out with a fine right-handed save round the post.
An excellent performance and some of the best football I have seen us play – special mention for Dan Bates who made his debut today with Mason Jackson and George Coleman out injured – he looked assured alongside Nat Allam at the back, allowing us to push Brady Stratford into midfield.