Clements saw his side beaten 3-0 by table-toppers Kettering Town in a Southern League Premier Division Central clash which attracted a near-700 crowd to the Premier Plus Stadium. But the Saints boss was quick to insist the emphatic final scoreline was in no way an accurate reflection of a contest in which his matched the unbeaten leaders for long periods. In fact only a stunning save from visiting goalkeeper Paul White denied Dylan Williams a spectacular opening goal in the first half. Saints eventually fell behind to a controversial penalty just before the hour with Saints goalkeeper Harry Reynolds adjudged to have brought down visiting striker Rhys Hoeness. Brett Solkhon did the honours from the spot before another penalty - this time a stonewall decision after a foul by Matt Miles was tucked away by Hoeness to double the Kettering lead with nine minutes to go. A clincher from an unmarked Marcus Kelly followed moments later. Clements said: It might sound silly for a manager to be pleased after a 3-0 defeat at home, but thats how I felt on Saturday. The first goal was never a penalty and thats all I am going to say on the matter as I dont want to land myself in trouble. It was obviously a big moment in the game as we had largely matched Kettering until then and continued to do so until making a couple of sloppy mistakes late on. Ive got no complaints about the second penalty and that knocked the stuffing out of us after working so hard against the league leaders, and the third goal was a result of that. Fair play to Kettering for taking their chances, but I dont think a draw would have been an injustice. But Kettering are clearly a good side who are top for a reason. They have everything you need to be successful at this level. They have the experience, the quality and the organisation - and their record so far shows they are going to be right up there. The defeat leaves Saints one position above the Premier Division Central relegation zone ahead of a trip to Royston Town tomorrow night (Tuesday), but they are also only three points off the top half of the standings in what is shaping up to be an ultra-tight section. We started the season very poorly and thats the reason were in this position, added Clements. We addressed the issue we had in our opening few games and weve made huge progress since then. Thats why Im not worried by where we are in the table and I saw more than enough against Kettering, and in the FA Cup games against Coalville, to know we can compete with any team at this level. Saints hope to have young Cambridge United midfielder Ben Worman available again at Royston. He was recalled by the League Two club late last week. Saints will also hit the road next Tuesday (October 23) to go to Lowestoft assuming they are not involved in an FA Cup replay.