Thomas aiming for more goals as Poppies head to Leighton

Will Muzvimbiri will miss the next two months of action for Kettering Town after linking up with the Zimbabwe Under-20 team
Will Muzvimbiri will miss the next two months of action for Kettering Town after linking up with the Zimbabwe Under-20 team

Dean Thomas is hoping Kettering Town can find a ruthless streak in front of goal as they prepare for tonight’s (Tuesday) Calor League Division One Central trip to Leighton Town.

The Poppies made it three wins in a row with a 1-0 success over Egham Town at Latimer Park on Saturday with boss Thomas pleased with what he described as a “gritty display”.

The victory sent Kettering into 10th place and they could move higher still with another win this evening as they travel to take on a Leighton side who sit third from bottom with just two wins to their name all season.

But Thomas isn’t about to start underestimating anyone in the division.

And, with striker Will Muzvimbiri now away for two months with the Zimbabwe Under-20 team, the Kettering boss is hoping to bolster his attacking options.

“We have another opportunity tonight but you can’t underestimate anybody and we certainly won’t be getting complacent,” Thomas said.

“We just need to focus on the job and try to make sure we keep this good run of form going.

“Our main problem at the moment is converting our chances into goals, our ratio is not where I would want it to be.

“I am looking to bring a centre-forward in and I hope we can have one in the squad for tonight’s game.

“We are having to battle away for our points at the moment when we are having the chances to be a bit more comfortable so we do need to be better in front of goal.”

Chris Logan is set to be in the Poppies squad again this evening after he returned to the substitutes’ bench on Saturday, despite speculation that he had left the club.

Thomas added: “Chris went away and thought about his position with us and he has chosen to stay.

“We are pleased he has had a change of heart because we see him as a very valuable member of the squad. He wanted to be here and I am sure he will do well for us in the future.”

Chimdi Akubuine should also be in the squad after he was named on the bench at the weekend following a spell training with Luton Town.