Hull in line for Poppies debut

Poppies manager Dean Thomas
Poppies manager Dean Thomas

Kettering Town manager Dean Thomas could hand a debut to new signing Tommy Hull in the Calor League Division One Central trip to Chalfont St Peter this weekend.

Hull, who can play in midfield or at centre-half, has made the move from league leaders Barton Rovers and Thomas said that while he is almost certain to start, the only decision to be made will be the position he plays.

“He (Hull) can play in both and that is what we’ll have to work out.

“The defence have been doing well recently and we’ve had two clean sheets in a row so it could be that we stick with the back four that we’ve got.

“That has enabled us to gain some momentum and we want that to carry on, whether that is in the league or the cup, starting at Chalfont this weekend.”

The home side are four places off the foot of the table with 10 points from their 11 outings but Thomas isn’t expecting a stroll in the park.

He added: “I’ve said it before, this is a competitive league, most of the sides are fairly even and that means there are few easy games.

“That will be the case at Chalfont and it will be up to us to keeop our good form going, we should have a good following coming with us, and three more points would be vital for us.”

The Poppies, in their 2-0 defeat of Chertsey last time out, went in front in the first minute, and Thomas wants to see his charges make another fast start tomorrow.

“Obviously we need to take our chances and make sure that we don’t give the opposition any early enthusiasm and a foothold in the game,” he said.

With regards to personnel, Rob Foster is available again after returning from his honeymoon and Jake Newman should be fit after recovering from a shoulder knock.