It’ll take a lot to stop Danny Kedwell from playing the game he loves – and that includes the imminent arrival of a newborn! With the Fleet striker expecting a phone call any day now with news about an impending delivery, Kedwell’s hoping the baby’s timing is mindful of the football season.
“It’s all rush-rush but I’ve not had a phone call yet,” the Fleet’s match winner told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “Hopefully, she’s had the baby before [next Saturday], I don’t want to miss any game really! So hopefully she has it during the week. I don’t want to be playing and have to come off at half-time or she’ll have to just wait I suppose,” Kedwell joked.
Aside from his own winner from the spot, Kedwell was delighted his side had stuck to the task in hand after going a goal ahead – something he said has been a priority in training this week.
“That’s what we’ve been working on and that was a priority,” said Kedwell, on seeing the game out while a goal ahead. “It goes to show what hard work on the training ground has done, we’ve got to keep building on that.”
After so many draws, Fleet’s ability to hold on to a lead finally gave them the three points and Kedwell admitted it had been a time to test the patience. “It was more frustration than anything because there were games we should have won that we gave away stupid goals. We just needed to get that balance right. When we were getting clean sheets we weren’t scoring, when we scored we weren’t keeping cleaning sheets. We’ve worked really hard this week at training and it’s paid off.”
Kedwell had little doubt about the penalty award, as Darren McQueen surged between David Stephens and Dean Wells and saw the latter cut across him inside the box. “He was through on goal and they’ve sandwiched him in between,” said Kedwell. “It was a guaranteed penalty. From where I was, behind it like the referee was, it did look like it. That’s what Darren does: he’s in behind and he’s a pest. He’s quick and he’s done it a few times. Thankfully, he’s got us the pen and I’ve stepped up and scored.
“It’s nice to go out there and get the points for us, with a penalty as well, which the last one I did take I missed so it was nice to get back on the scoresheet and do a job for the gaffer. He told me to go out and do what I normally do and go and get the winner for us. But it’s a team game and Millsy’s come in and done magnificent but I’ve got to go on there and do a job. Through the years I’ve played and the experience I’ve got, if you work hard from the front it makes everyone else work hard, so that’s the main priority. I’m still going and give the boys as much help as I can.”
Kedwell also had words of praise for his strike partner, with McQueen hitting the post and creating the opportunity for Fleet’s goal. “[Darren]’s learning every week. He’s going to be an outstanding player when he’s got that little bit more experience and I’m sure when he’s playing and I’m retired, I’ll enjoy watching him.”
And when will that be?
“Not yet,” said a defiant Kedwell, “there’s a few years to come yet!”
Listen to the full interview below.