Poppies want to be the entertainers

Dubi Ogbonna
Dubi Ogbonna

Dean Thomas wants his in-form Kettering Town team to “excite” what he hopes will be a big crowd at Latimer Park on Saturday.

The Poppies return home to take on North Greenford United after a fruitful run of three successive away matches that have resulted in seven points while also maintaining their unbeaten run, which stands at 11 games in all competitions.

New striker Dubi Ogbonna became the first Poppies player in almost 50 years to hit back-to-back hat-tricks after his treble sealed a 3-1 success at Aylesbury last weekend and that was followed by a 0-0 draw at fellow Calor League Division One play-off chasers Royston Town on Tuesday.

Kettering’s fine run of form has seen them blast their way into the top six. And the manager is hoping his team can turn it on in front of what he knows will be an expectant home crowd.

“Given the run we are on, I hope the crowd will be slightly bigger on Saturday,” Thomas said.

“It is inevitable the better you do, the bigger the crowds get and with the festive period coming I’m sure we will see that.

“And it will be up to us to excite the fans and produce a good performance at home.

“There are no guarantees in any league and we will have to work hard to make things happen.

“I believe we are capable of beating anyone when our attitude is right and if we play like we have recently, then we will have a good chance.

“History tells us that these weekends just before Christmas see the crowds go down a bit. But I am sure our fans will be out in force and we have to make sure we give them something to shout about.”