RUNCORN scored a double-first for Alvin McDonald with a top-class display at Halton Stadium.
They defied horrendous injury problems to post an inaugural home win for their manager, who also celebrated a maiden Nationwide North victory.
Considering the growing casualty list and the quality of the opposition - Kettering would have gone top of the table had they won - this was a fine dis-play by the home side.
There was the odd anxious moment in the first half - Kettering twice having goals disallowed, although there were no great protests at the decisions.
Once in front, Run-corn never looked like relinquishing the lead as they showed the tenacity, organisation and belief which McDonald has instilled into his new charges. John Robertson almost scored with a free header but the breakthrough came on 41 minutes with McGinn finding Nicky Young. Young rose to meet it at the near post and flashed a header high into the far corner.
The second half pretty well belonged to hard-working Runcorn with Robertson, Robbie Moore and David Ness holding firm at the back and indeed the whole team denying Kettering any room for manouevre.
Ex-Hednesford and Gresley Rovers midfieldman Karl Brown, making his debut along with fleet-footed on-loan Droylsden striker Danny Byrne, swept home Runcorn's second in the 57th minute.
RUNCORN: McMillan, Carragher, McGinn, Moore, Robertson, Ness, Brown, Parle, Young, Byrne, Courtney. Subs: Durkan, Nolan, Rendell, Wright, Lock.