.....table on goal difference from Stourbridge, who also won.
In front of a crowd of 586 at Latimer Park, Aaron OíConnor gave the Poppies a 39th minute lead against struggling Lowestoft Town before two goals in the space of a minute just after the hour-mark from Declan Towers and Marcus Kelly confirmed victory.
Stourbridge, who have played two more games than Kettering, enjoyed an excellent 3-0 win on their first visit to Leiston.
Like the leaders, the Glassboys also led 1-0 at the break, thanks to a goal from Aaron Forde after 20 minutes.
They added a second 6 minutes after the restart through Luke Benbow and made it 3-0 in the first-minute of stoppage time from Kaiman Anderson.
Biggleswade Town, AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Alvechurch complete the top five, although only the latter won, with `Church and Diamonds sharing a goalless Lye Meadow draw.
The Waders though were involved in a ten-goal thriller at Garden Walk against mid-table neighbours Royston Town.
A mad game played in blustery conditions saw the Crows go into the break 3-2 up with a brace from James Potton after 12 and 20 minutes and one from Josh Castiglione a minute before the break for the hosts and Bradley Bell on 13 minutes and David Longe-King on 22 minutes for the visitors.
But Biggleswade raced into a 5-3 lead with a Matty Ball penalty 5 minutes after the break, Jordan Gent 5 minutes later and a 68th minute Joe White effort.
Dan Braithwaite pulled a fourth back for the Crows in the 87th minute, but a second spot-kick converted by White this time ensured the Waders got the points and the crowd great entertainment.
Needham Market, King`s Lynn Town, Coalville Town and Stratford Town are all within two points of the top five, but only the latter won on Saturday.
Stratford beat Barwell 2-1 at The DCS Stadium, coming back from being a 15th minute Alex Tomkinson goal down to win, thanks to Michael Taylor after 67 minutes and then Jamie McAteer a minute into time added on at the end of the game.
The Marketmen were held to a 3-3 draw at Bloomfields by Banbury United in which Joe Marsden gave the hosts an early 5th minute lead.
Steve Diggin equalised after 21 minutes, only for Adam Mills to restore the home side`s lead on the half-hour mark.
But a second for Diggin right on half-time and then a goal from Ravin Shamsi 8 minutes after the interval put the Puritans in front.
A Reece Dobson effort just past the hour-mark earned the Marketmen parity.
Coalville and King`s Lynn met at Owen Street and also shared a 3-3 draw.
The Ravens raced into a 2-0 lead with goals from Steve Towers after 16 minutes and a penalty from Kairo Mitchell on 24 minutes.
Chris Henderson pulled one back for the Linnets right on the stroke of half-time, and then Michael Clunan equalised just past the hour-mark, only for Andy Wright to restore Coalville`s lead within 2 minutes.
Adam Marriott popped up with the Linnets` leveller with less than 3 minutes remaining.
At the other end of the table, Bedworth United still can`t find that first win and were beaten for the fourteenth time in nineteen games, 2-1 at improving St Ives Town. But they came mighty close to achieving that!
St Ives, fresh from winning at league leaders Kettering Town last week, trailed to a 17th minute Luke Rowe effort.
Just before the break, St Ives` Ollie Snaith and the Greenbacks` Ricardo Dudley were both sent-off after a melee.
But the Saints grabbed the equaliser in the 73rd minute when Munashe Sundire`s shot was deflected in by Bedworth`s Barry Fitzharris.
And the visitors rode their luck to keep parity right until the game entered stoppage time at the end of the match.
But then lady luck deserted the beleaguered basement side as goalkeeper Adam Harrisonís momentum on the wet pitch took him sliding outside the box after he won the race for a through ball and he was dismissed for handling outside the area.
With no sub keeper on the bench, defender Bradley Maslen-Jones was forced to don the gloves and his first task was to pick the ball out of the net as Parkerís free-kick was fired home by Ben Jackson on his home debut.
To make matters worse for Bedworth after that heartbreak, second-bottom Hitchin Town won 2-1 at Dales Lane against mid-table Rushall Olympic to move nine points clear of them and just two adrift of the safety mark.
Isaac Galliford proved to be the Canaries` hero with a brace in the 19th and 39th minutes, with Gurjit Singh replying 14 minutes from time.
Rob Smith`s challenge at now third-bottom Halesowen Town is going to be a tough one after moving from Hednesford Town, but the Yeltz had a crowd of 505 for the visit of Tamworth, who won 1-0, courtesy of a Chris Lait effort 10 minutes from time.
St Neots Town pulled themselves out of the bottom three after recording a 3-1 win against Redditch United at The Premier Plus Stadium.
After the shock of falling behind to a 7th minute Richard Batchelor effort, the Saints turned that round to win, thanks to Nabil Shariff after 32 minutes, Dylan Williams on the hour-mark and Shariff again 7 minutes from time.