Poppies set for ‘massive game’ at fellow contenders Barton

Dean Thomas and his Kettering Town side are preparing for a huge game this evening as they head to fellow play-off chasers Barton Rovers
Dean Thomas and his Kettering Town side are preparing for a huge game this evening as they head to fellow play-off chasers Barton Rovers
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Dean Thomas is determined to ensure Kettering Town don’t let things slip as they prepare for a “massive game” at Barton Rovers tonight (Tuesday).

The Poppies are now in possession of the final play-off place in the Calor League Division One Central, although they were frustrated in a 1-1 draw with Chalfont St Peter at Latimer Park on Saturday.

But that point was enough to lift them above Barton on goal difference as this evening’s opponents suffered a surprised 3-1 home defeat to Potters Bar Town.

With the two sides locked on 60 points from the same number of games played, there is little room for error as the Poppies look to make it 22 games without defeat in the league.

Poppies boss Thomas knows nothing will be decided by what happens in Bedfordshire tonight, he is well aware of the importance of the clash.

And he says it will take a “top performance” from his players to return home with what would be a crucial three points.

“Given the position we have put ourselves in, it is a massive game,” the Kettering manager said.

“We are on the same number of points and we are both fighting for the same thing and we are both good teams.

“I think it is going to be a very tough game for us but these are the ones you want to win or, at the very least, not lose.

“Nothing will be decided by what happens tonight but we have another chance to go and prove we are a decent side.

“Our current record is good, we have played a lot of games recently and this is another big one for us. I am looking forward to it.

“We will do our best to go and win it but it is going to take a top performance for that to happen.

“We have worked hard to get ourselves into the top five and now we are there, we don’t want to let it slip.

“This group of players have an opportunity to write their names into the history books of the club this season.

“There is a lot of work to do but we are striving to achieve something important for the club.”

Poppies defender Tommy Hull will be up against the team he left to join Kettering earlier in the season and Thomas expects to have a full-strength squad to choose from with no new injuries being picked up in the draw with Chalfont.