League leaders Wrexham claimed their seventh successive league victory as they easily beat crisis club Kettering.
Glen Little's mis-hit free-kick deflected in off player-manager Andy Morrell before Mark Creighton doubled Wrexham's advantage from close range.
Kettering, who had Jean-Paul Marna sent off for two bookings, scored when Sol Davis crossed and Djoumin Sangare chested the ball and volleyed home.
Debutant James Colbeck then scored twice, a tap-in and an 18-yard shot.
The Poppies could only name two substitutes and have now not won in 13 league games.
Ashley Westwood took charge of Kettering as stand-in caretaker manager after interim boss Mark Cooper said he would not manage the team until the players were paid.
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Wrexham manager Andy Morrell told BBC Radio Wales:
"That was horrible. It was really, really hard to get the lads going, to get us up after Wednesday [the FA Cup defeat to Brighton].
"The first half was tough. We didn't pass it great. We were just tired and had a bit of a hangover.
"But we got the goal to take the lead and that sort of killed their spirit a little bit. I was glad to second goal in the second half and then I thought we were quite good."
Kettering Town caretaker manager Ashley Westwood told BBC Radio Northampton:
"Full credit to the lads. They've put a shift in. No-one was down, they tried their best.
"They gave 100% but it just wasn't to be. If they put in that level of performance then I am sure they are going to get their rewards.
"We kick on as normal, see what we can do and hope to get a few results quickly."