Poppies hoping to return to action at Slough

Henry Eze is set to play his final game for Kettering Town at Slough Town before he leaves for Africa

Henry Eze is set to play his final game for Kettering Town at Slough Town before he leaves for Africa

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Dean Thomas is hoping Kettering Town can put a few “frustrating” days behind them as they look to get their Calor League Division One Central campaign up and running at Slough Town tomorrow (Saturday).

The Poppies, as they were last weekend, were left kicking their heels on Boxing Day after their home clash with St Ives Town was postponed due to waterlogging at Latimer Park.

Thomas’ men remain in the hunt for a play-off place, despite their recent inactivity, and go to fourth-placed Slough still on the back of a 12-match unbeaten run.

Slough, who thrashed Kettering 5-1 at Latimer Park earlier this season, go into the game on the back of two successive defeats, the latest being a 3-1 loss to Beaconsfield SYCOB on Boxing Day.

And Thomas, who will hope to take charge of the 1,000th game of his managerial career, is hoping his team can come out firing against one of the other promotion contenders.

“It has been a frustrating few days for us but we can’t do anything about it, we just have to be ready for the next game,” Thomas said.

“I think it is fair to say that most teams in the division are beatable. There are some good sides and we have to be on top of our game when we come up against the best teams in the league.

“Slough have had a couple of defeats and I still believe there is plenty of confidence in our team, even though we haven’t played the last two matches.

“We will need to start well. It is easy to forget things in football and hopefully the lads will come out firing.

“The results could have gone a lot worse for us on Boxing Day but we still have big games coming up and we must make sure we continue the good run.”

Henry Eze is set to play his final game before leaving for Africa to get married while recent arrivals Josh Moreman, Dan Crowie and James Clifton are all available for selection.

The Poppies’ clash at Slough is followed by a Northamptonshire derby at Daventry Town on New Year’s Day.