Now we must finish the job, urges Poppies boss Thomas

Jonathon Thorpe will be back in the Poppies squad for Saturday's trip to Aylesbury United
Jonathon Thorpe will be back in the Poppies squad for Saturday's trip to Aylesbury United
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Dean Thomas has urged his Kettering Town players to go and “finish the job” as they look to strengthen their grip on a Calor League Division One Central play-off place over the Easter weekend.

The Poppies moved back into the top five and two points clear of Barton Rovers by recording a sixth win in a row as they claimed a fine 3-0 success at Egham Town last night (Thursday).

They travel to Aylesbury United tomorrow (Saturday) before taking on Northamptonshire rivals and leaders Daventry Town in what promises to be a mouth-watering contest at Latimer Park on Easter Monday.

It has been a big turnaround in fortunes for the Poppies this season after they lost six of their first 10 league matches.

But a run of just two defeats in 29 matches has put them on the verge of a play-off spot and Thomas now wants his team to ensure they don’t let it slip.

“We still have to go and win games and stay in there,” the Kettering boss said.

“We have got back into the top five with three games to go, it is in our own hands and now we have to finish it off.

“Hopefully we can find the results we need in these last three matches. We know the job isn’t done.

“It will be another tough game at Aylesbury. But we have had them watched and we know what to expect. We are just looking forward to the next game.”

Thomas confirmed defender Dan Crowie may have a chance of being fit for tomorrow’s clash after a hamstring injury but he admitted Tommy Hull is more likely to be ready for Monday’s game.

But the Poppies will be boosted by the returns of winger Jonathon Thorpe, who has been unavailable for the last two games and goalkeeper Alastair Worby, who served a one-match ban last night.

However, youngster Jamie McAlindon stepped into the side and kept a fourth clean sheet in four appearances for the Poppies this season, leaving Thomas with a welcome dilemma.

He added: “Jamie is a young lad who is still learning the game but he has kept clean sheets and I thought he played very well last night.

“It’s nice to have two good goalkeepers at the club. They are both young and they are both gaining experience.”