Dean Thomas was delighted with a fine second-half performance as Kettering Town edged closer to securing a Calor League Division One Central play-off place with a seventh win in a row at Aylesbury United.
The Poppies ran out 3-0 winners with Jonathon Thorpe putting them in front two minutes after half-time before Dubi Ogbonna and substitute Louis Hamilton completed the victory.
With Rugby Town winning at Slough Town, Kettering’s win moved them up to a season-high position of fourth ahead of tomorrow’s showdown with county rivals and leaders Daventry Town at Latimer Park tomorrow (Monday).
Kettering are still only two points clear of sixth-placed Barton Rovers but the Poppies could secure a top-five finish tomorrow if they win and Barton fail to do the same in their clash at Rugby.
Thomas’ men have hit form at the right time and the Poppies boss was impressed with the way his team pulled away from Aylesbury yesterday (Saturday).
“We played well in the second half, we controlled the game,” Thomas said.
“It was quite even in the first half, the pitch wasn’t the easiest to play on and when we put them under pressure, we didn’t finish our chances.
“But we got the goal quickly after half-time and there was only going to be one winner from there.
“We took our chances well when they came and it was another excellent victory for us.
“These are high-pressure situations now and the players have shown they can handle it. Whenever we have made changes they have adapted well and that is encouraging to see.”
Daventry could potentially seal the title with victory at Latimer Park tomorrow but Thomas is backing his team to maintain their good form of late.
He added: “It is set up well.
“We have beaten them already this season, that won’t count for a lot but there is no reason why we can’t go and do it again.
“They are a good side and I am sure they would love nothing more than to win the title by beating us.
“We know various things could be confirmed tomorrow but we just have to focus on winning our matches.”
Thomas expects Josh Moreman to be fit for the bank holiday clash after he missed the win at Aylesbury due to a sore knee while Tommy Hull returned from injury as a second-half substitute.
Dan Crowie remains doubtful, however, after he failed a fitness test on his hamstring yesterday.