Big game at Barton may suit Thomas’ Poppies

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Chalfont St Peter at Latimer Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Chalfont St Peter at Latimer Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley
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Dean Thomas believes a big game like tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s showdown at Barton Rovers might be what his Kettering Town side need.

The Poppies nudged ahead of Barton at the weekend as a 1-1 draw with Chalfont St Peter proved to be enough to move them into the play-off places on goal difference.

Football Action :Burton Latimer: Latimer Park. Kettering Town FC Vs Chalfont St Peter FC 'The crowd watching the action 'Saturday 22nd March 2014

Football Action :Burton Latimer: Latimer Park. Kettering Town FC Vs Chalfont St Peter FC 'The crowd watching the action 'Saturday 22nd March 2014

Both teams sit on 61 points going into the clash as the race for the Calor League Division One Central play-off places continues to gather pace.

Kettering were left frustrated at Latimer Park on Saturday as a 700-plus crowd saw them take the lead through Andy Gooding’s second-half penalty, only for Chalfont to grab an equaliser with five minutes to go.

The draw did extend their unbeaten league run to 21 matches and Thomas is well aware that sort of form has raised expectations from the club’s supporters.

But he is only focused on tomorrow’s clash as his team prepare to take on the side who thumped the Poppies 3-0 in their first-ever game at Latimer Park back in August.

Football Action :Burton Latimer: Latimer Park. Kettering Town FC Vs Chalfont St Peter FC 'The crowd watching the action 'Saturday 22nd March 2014

Football Action :Burton Latimer: Latimer Park. Kettering Town FC Vs Chalfont St Peter FC 'The crowd watching the action 'Saturday 22nd March 2014

“We owe Barton one because they battered us at the start of the season,” Thomas said.

“I have seen them play and we know it is going to be a tough game.

“We will go there prepared and maybe a big game like that is what we need now after what happened at the weekend.

“To go on the run we have is a fantastic achievement and the expectations are high because we have won a lot of games, scored a lot of goals and climbed the table quite quickly.

“I know the fans would have been disappointed on Saturday but they will know the lads put the effort in and did as much as they could to win the game.

“There were still plenty of positive performances so I am not too disappointed, aside from the fact that we didn’t get the three points we wanted.”