Postponed games not all bad news for Poppies

Kettering Town boss Dean Thomas
Kettering Town boss Dean Thomas

Kettering Town manager Dean Thomas believes that having to play more games at the end of the season could in fact be a benefit rather than a hindrance.

Saturday’s scheduled Calor League Division One Central clash with Potters Bar at Latimer Park was postponed because of a waterlogged playing surface and with more poor weather forecast, there is every chance that more games will go the same way.

And even with a rule in place that demands rearranged fixtures be played within six weeks of the original date, the Poppies, like nearly every other side, will be forced to play catch-up come April and May.

But Thomas prefers to look on the bright side of such a scenario, saying: “There are still plenty of midweek dates left when the games could be played so it’s not a problem at the minute.

“Sometimes the pitches at this time of year can be a leveller and we’d prefer to play football on the better pitches that you get near the end of a season.

“So from that perspective it might actually suit us.”

Next up for the Poppies is the visit of Premier Division outfit Redditch on Tuesday in the third round of the Red Insure Cup.

Thomas is hopeful that the game can go ahead and insisted that he won’t adopt the approach of taking a cup game lightly.

He added: “The lads are impatient to get playing, we had a good training session yesterday (Saturday) and we’ll be fielding as strong a side as we can.

“We want to get to the final of the cup and try to win it. Financially it’s an important game for the club and we don’t want to lose any of the momentum that we’ve built up recently.

“The pitch will need a lot of work doing on it but fingers crossed it will be okay.”