‘Significant night’ as Poppies’ play-off push goes on

Poppies boss Dean Thomas was a happy man after Kettering Town moved back into the play-off places with a 3-0 win at Egham Town

Poppies boss Dean Thomas was a happy man after Kettering Town moved back into the play-off places with a 3-0 win at Egham Town

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Dean Thomas described Kettering Town’s 3-0 success at Egham Town as a “significant night” as they moved back into the Calor League Division One Central play-off places.

Chris Logan fired the Poppies into a first-half lead but they had to endure a few nervy moments in the second half even after the hosts had been reduced to 10 men before Josh Moreman and James Jepson finished the job with goals in the final few minutes.

Last night’s (Thursday) game was Kettering’s one in hand on Barton Rovers and a sixth win in a row saw Thomas’ men move two points clear in fifth place while they also now have the teams immediately above them in their sights as well.

The Poppies now go into an Easter weekend double-header as they head to Aylesbury United tomorrow (Saturday) before a mouth-watering clash with county rivals Daventry Town, who are closing in on the title, at Latimer Park on Monday afternoon.

And Thomas was full of praise for his players after their win at Egham, who had only been beaten twice in the league this year before last night.

“It was a tough night,” the Kettering manager said.

“It is a tough journey to make on any evening but everyone was there at 6.45pm and they were ready to go and I thought we did well in the first half.

“It was an entertaining game and we scored a great goal with Josh (Moreman) and James (Clifton) linking up well for Chris (Logan) to score.

“For some reason we lost our way a bit after they had the man sent off. But the pleasing thing was that the back four stayed strong, they protected Jamie McAlindon in goal and they set us up for what happened towards the end.

“And I thought we showed our class in the latter stages to finish the game off.

“I think last night was very significant. Egham are a dangerous side and they have proved that on numerous occasions this season.

“But we stuck at it and picked up a crucial victory. To get back into the play-off places at this stage has been a great achievement.

“But we know there is still a lot of work for us to do in the last three games.”