Poppies boss Dean targeting a good run of form

Poppies boss Dean Thomas
Poppies boss Dean Thomas

Dean Thomas is hoping Kettering Town can get on an unbeaten run in the Calor League Division One Central.

The Poppies return to action after a 10-day break from the league when they take on Rugby Town at Latimer Park tonight (Tuesday, 7.45pm).

The last time they were there, Kettering ended what was a troubling week for the club off the field with a stirring fightback on it as they beat Aylesbury United 4-3.

That was their first success at their new home this season and boss Thomas is now hungry for more.

“It was very pleasing to get that victory last time but now we have to build on it,” he said.

“We need to get on a good run of form and start putting some serious points on the board.

“It would be great to go unbeaten for a while. Of course, it is never easy and we know Rugby will be tough after they had a good win in the FA Cup at the weekend.

“But we have had a 10-day break, we played a friendly last week to give the lads some more game time and I am sure we will be ready to go tonight.”

Thomas is also faced with what he described as a few “welcome” selection dilemmas tonight.

Central defender Stuart Wall, who has joined the Poppies on a dual registration from King’s Lynn Town, is in contention to make his competitive debut this evening while midfielder Andy Gooding also returns to the squad after serving a three-match ban.

Thomas added: “Stuart is in contention and Andy is back with us so we have a couple more to choose from.

“I see that as a good thing. It is important to have competition for places, it keeps everyone on their toes. It means some may be disappointed but I will pick a team that I think is capable of going out there and getting us a win.”

There has been little change to the off-field situation at Kettering as they count down to its appeal hearing on October 7, where they will contest the decision to wind the club over a debt of £58,000 to Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd.

A mass fundraising effort has been ongoing with a total of £9,000 being raised thanks to the friendly against landlords Burton Park Wanderers last week.

The Just Giving site launched by Twitter and Facebook user Footy Accumulators and the Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust has now seen over £17,000 donated by fans across the world towards a target of £20,000.