Thomas Baillie believes Kettering Town have “a massive amount of work to do” as they aim to get back on track at Latimer Park tomorrow (Saturday).
The Poppies suffered just their second home league defeat of the season on New Year’s Day as they slipped to a 1-0 loss to Rugby Town in front of nearly 900 fans.
It meant their lead at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central was cut to four points after second-placed Aylesbury beat Aylesbury United 4-3 in their derby clash.
Kettering are now preparing to take on struggling Beaconsfield SYCOB at home tomorrow.
And joint-boss Baillie conceded there may be some thinking to do after this weekend with Tommy Hull, who was sent off against Rugby, and James Clifton both facing suspensions in the coming weeks.
Baillie admitted: “After that performance (against Rugby), we have got a massive amount of work to do both individually and collectively.
“But we are a bit light on numbers at the moment. Ash Robinson is away, Elliot Sandy played but was still struggling and needed to come off and Dubi Ogbonna couldn’t do any more due to his hip and now he is doubtful for the weekend.
“I don’t think anyone will come in before Saturday and we need to be wary about just bringing players in. We can’t forget the job these lads have done so far.
“But we do have to be wary of the suspensions we have coming up for James and Tommy.
“It was Tommy’s second red of the season so we need to see how long he will be banned for.
“That’s something for us to think about after the weekend but we have got to regroup quickly and make sure we bounce back.”