Dean Thomas has called on Kettering Town to ensure they go to Chertsey Town with “the right attitude” tonight (Tuesday).
A busy few days and a run of four successive away matches for the Poppies gets under way in Surrey this evening before they make the short trip to high-flying Daventry Town on Thursday.
Thomas’ side’s bid to secure a play-off place in the Calor League Division One Central suffered a blip at the weekend as they needed an Andy Gooding penalty to seal a 1-1 draw with Marlow at Latimer Park.
That result has left them in ninth place and nine points of the top five, although they have as many as six games in hand on teams above them.
The task of wading into that backlog of fixtures begins in earnest this week with the first stop being a trip to take on a Chertsey side who sit second-from-bottom and who were thrashed 5-0 at home by Uxbridge on Saturday.
The Poppies boss admits it is three points his team “can’t afford to be dropping” but he knows his players will need to have the right mentality.
“We have to make sure we go there with the right attitude,” Thomas said.
“It is three points we can’t afford to be dropping but we can’t underestimate anyone. So we have to go there, put in a great performance and try to get the job done as efficiently as possible.
“We have to make sure we take advantage of the games in hand when they come along.
“Saturday was one of those days for us but there were still plenty of positives we can take from it.
“It is down to the lads to take advantage of an opportunity that they have created.
“We must enjoy the situation we are in. There is a chance for us and we have to make sure we are relaxed and go and play some decent football.”
Thomas looks set to have a full-strength squad to choose from but he admitted there will be changes to the starting line-up over the next few days as he aims to keep his team “as fresh as possible”.
“There may well be a couple of changes tonight,” he added.
“It is up to me to manage the team and ensure we get the best out of everyone.
“It’s not about dropping players, it’s about keeping the squad fresh for what is going to be a very busy period.”
Top scorer Dubi Ogbonna will be in the squad after he made a brief return to action from the bench at the weekend following a shin injury.
Josh Moreman should be fit, despite going off with cramp on Saturday and defender Dan Crowie also played in a game elsewhere as he continues his comeback from an ankle problem.