Thomas cautious as Poppies aim to make it 20

Elliot Sandy was the hero for Kettering Town at Beaconsfield as he scored both goals in the 2-0 win. The Poppies are looking to make it 20 league games without defeat at Northwood tonight. Pictures by Peter Short

Elliot Sandy was the hero for Kettering Town at Beaconsfield as he scored both goals in the 2-0 win. The Poppies are looking to make it 20 league games without defeat at Northwood tonight. Pictures by Peter Short

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Kettering Town will be looking to make it 20 league games without defeat when they head to Northwood for a fourth successive away match tonight (Tuesday).

The Poppies moved to within two points of the Calor League Division One Central play-off places with a 2-0 win at Beaconsfield SYCOB at the weekend as Elliot Sandy scored both goals in the first half.

Elliot Sandy was the hero for Kettering Town at Beaconsfield as he scored both goals in the 2-0 win. The Poppies are looking to make it 20 league games without defeat at Northwooc tonight. Pictures by Peter Short

Elliot Sandy was the hero for Kettering Town at Beaconsfield as he scored both goals in the 2-0 win. The Poppies are looking to make it 20 league games without defeat at Northwooc tonight. Pictures by Peter Short

Dean Thomas’ side are currently enjoying a record-breaking run of form in the league after they claimed victories at Chertsey Town and Daventry Town last week.

But Thomas has voiced a word of caution ahead of tonight’s clash as the Poppies prepare to take on a Northwood team, who are also chasing a play-off place and sit just two points behind Kettering.

“I think Northwood have done well this season, they have been fairly consistent and they have been there or thereabouts all season,” the Poppies boss said.

“They have some very good players, particularly in wide areas, so it is going to be another very tough game for us.

“All we want to do is try to keep the run going. That’s all we can do really.

“We have put ourselves on the shoulders of those who are in the play-off places and we have gone about our business quietly.

“It has been a very tough 10 days for the lads but they have done brilliantly to this point and hopefully they have some more left in the tank for this evening.

“I thought we played very well in the first half at the weekend and we took our chances when they came.

“The lads tired a bit in the second half but they managed themselves and the game well.

“It is only going to get tougher but that is the same for everyone. We have some very big matches to come.

“It’s just a question of who holds their nerve. We will certainly do what we can to make sure we are right in the shake-up.”

The Poppies will have a late check on winger Jonathon Thorpe, who was an unused substitute on Saturday due to a hamstring problem.

But one person who won’t be in Northwood tonight is midfielder Ben Ford, who has again left Kettering to re-join St Neots Town after just two appearances since coming back to the Poppies.

Thomas added: “Ben knew the situation when he came back, he was told he would have to fight for his place.

“He has decided to leave and there’s not much more to say about it.”

Find all the latest news from Latimer Park in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph