A headache for Thomas ahead of Northwood

Dean Thomas
Dean Thomas

Dean Thomas is set to get a welcome selection headache for Kettering Town’s clash with Northwood at Latimer Parkthis weekend.

The Poppies are set to welcome centre-half Stuart Wall and striker Rob Foster back into the squad after both missed last weekend’s 2-0 success at Ashford Town (Middx).

The victory came after a few days of player movement, which saw Dave and Ashley Deeney released while Nathan Fox rejoined Corby Town.

Those departures prompted Thomas to dip into the transfer market with last season’s player-of-the-year Henry Eze returning to the club while right-back Chimdi Akubuine and midfielder Luke Knight also came into the squad for the much-needed success.

Akubuine and Eze both featured from the start at Ashford while Knight made his bow from the bench.

And Thomas was pleased with how the new boys performed and is happy to have a selection dilemma in front of him for Saturday.

“I think the lads we have brought in have made us stronger,” the Poppies boss said.

“We certainly looked a lot more solid at the back with Henry and Chimdi in there.

“We have made some good additions and hopefully that will stand us in good stead for the weeks ahead.

“I am sure the lads who started the game at Ashford will be expecting to start again this weekend and that is understandable.

“But every manager likes to have options and the fact we have got the likes of Stuart Wall and Rob Foster back this weekend means I have a very welcome selection headache.”

The Poppies’ Calor League Division One clash this weekend is followed by a midweek trip to Peterborough Northern Star in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup on Tuesday.

And next weekend’s FA Trophy clash with Romulus at Latimer Park is the last game before the club’s date in court on October 7 when they will appeal against the decision to wind them up over a £58,000 debt owed to Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd.

A Just Giving site set up to help the Poppies reached its £20,000 target at the end of last week after a number of donations from football fans from around the country and the world.