Dietmar Hamann claimed his first win as Stockport boss as they beat Kettering.
Marcus Kelly forced a fine reaction stop from home keeper Matthew Glennon with a powerful drive from the edge of the area.
Defender Euan Holden poked the Hatters into the lead with a close-range finish after the interval.
Sol Davis was sent off for the visitors for a second bookable offence before Elliott Chamberlain and Keigan Parker both wasted good chances for the hosts.
Stockport: Glennon, McCann, Piergianni, Bounab (O'Donnell 14),Holden, Miles (Chamberlain 68), Sheridan, Routledge, Fraughan (Parker 80), Chadwick, Elliott.
Subs Not Used: Ormson, Gritton.
Goals: Holden 60.
Kettering: Walker, Phil Ifil, Jerel Ifil, Taft, Kelly,Ashikodi, Davis, Challinor (Meechan 72), Marna, Verma, McKenzie (Thomson 79).
Subs Not Used: Haxhia, Noubissie, Parry.
Sent Off: Davis (65).
Booked: Jerel Ifil, Davis.
Ref: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire).