Poppies ready for three home games in a row

Kettering Town manager Dean Thomas
Kettering Town manager Dean Thomas

Dean Thomas hopes Kettering Town are able to return to action as the gear up for three home games in a row to kick off the new year.

The Poppies have played just once in the last three weeks as they extended their unbeaten run to 13 matches with a 2-0 success at Slough Town last Saturday.

That victory came in between the Boxing Day and New Year’s Day clashes with St Ives Town and Daventry Town, which were both postponed due to the recent wet weather.

Kettering are due to return to Calor League Division One Central action tomorrow (Saturday) against Potters Bar Town at Latimer Park before doing battle with Premier Division outfit Redditch United in the last 16 of the league’s Red Insure Cup on Tuesday.

And with another home clash with Leighton Town to come next weekend, Thomas wants the rain to stay away, although he admitted the recent cancellations do have benefits as well.

“It’s a difficult one, as ever, you can’t control what the weather does,” the Poppies boss said.

“It has been a bit frustrating and we know there may be more bad weather to come. It is something you have to accept and deal with.

“The lads are desperate to get back out there. We are in decent form and we want it to carry on for as long as possible.

“But the positive side is that we haven’t fallen that far behind in terms of matches. There are teams who are worse off than we are.

“And there have been one or two niggles in the squad, which would have been rested for a good period of time. Everyone will be fit and ready to go when we do get back to action.

“The lads would have had some extra time with their families, which I am sure they will appreciate.

“And we have to rely on them to look after themselves. The work they do at this point of the season is what will push them on in the latter stages.

“It has the potential to be a very big week for us with three home games. We want to get more league points on the board.

“And I want us to try to get to the final of the Red Insure Cup and win it. I am sure Redditch will have the same idea.

“These are exciting times and hopefully the weather will be a bit kinder and we will get the chance to get back out there over the next week.”

Chris Logan will return when the Poppies do play next after he served a one-match ban at Slough.