Second-half show delights Poppies chief Dean

Poppies boss Dean Thomas
Poppies boss Dean Thomas

Dean Thomas hailed a fine second-half display as Kettering Town extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches with a 3-1 success at Aylesbury.

The Poppies moved up to sixth place in the Calor League Division One Central as Dubi Ogbonna hit a second successive hat-trick following his three-goal haul at Marlow last Tuesday.

And while it was Kettering’s newest recruit who again stole the show, boss Thomas was quick to praise his team for the way they adapted to the game after the break.

Ogbonna put the Poppies in front before Aylesbury equalised almost immediately but Thomas’ men pulled away in the second half.

And the Kettering boss said: “It is nice that we have kept the run going.

“I felt we were little bit off the pace in the first half. We still created chances but the lads didn’t really do what was asked of them.

“The conditions are playing a big part at the moment. Pitches are deteriorating at this time of year and sometimes you have to play the conditions as much as the opposition.

“I have seen it before at this level and sometimes there is a way to go about things.

“We got in front and then went to sleep but, in the second half, the lads took the message on board and we played I wanted and we have come away with another great victory.”

Thomas was delighted to see Ogbonna continue his scoring streak as he made it seven goals in three games since joining the Poppies from St Ives Town.

But the Kettering boss is hoping others will start contributing with the goals as well.

“It is fantastic to see Dubi doing so well for us,” he added.

“But it is important that others contribute with the goals as well. We have to know that when Dubi has an off day, then we are able to deal with it.

“You want your strikers scoring goals and that is what Dubi is doing for us at the moment. Hopefully it continues but we will need goals coming from other areas as well.”