Thomas hopes Poppies can keep on playing

Poppies boss Dean Thomas
Poppies boss Dean Thomas

Dean Thomas is hoping Kettering Town stay on a run of matches after they stepped up their chase for a Calor League Division One Central play-off place at the weekend.

The Poppies blew fellow top-five contenders Royston Town away with four goals in 16 first-half minutes before going on to complete an emphatic 5-0 success at Latimer Park.

That came hot on the heels of a 4-0 victory against Potters Bar Town but Kettering are without a midweek game after their scheduled clash with Ashford Town (Middx) tonight (Tuesday) was postponed due to their opponents having to play a county cup match.

The Poppies will now be hoping the flooding problems that have struck Egham Town clear up in time for their trip to Surrey on Saturday.

And while he knows not much can be done about matches being changed around, Thomas conceded he would have liked to have seen his team, who are unbeaten in 15 league matches, back in action this evening.

“It is frustrating because we have managed to get a couple of games on our own ground,” the Poppies boss said.

“It would have been good to have another against Ashford but you have to accept the way things are.

“We managed to mull our way through the last three or four weeks when there were no games so we will keep training and keep working hard.

“The lads have the bit between their teeth now and we will just take it as it comes.”

Thomas, meanwhile, expects top scorer Dubi Ogbonna to be available for the game at Egham as he continues to recover from injury.

“I think Dubi should be okay for the weekend,” he added.

“He has a wound on his shin that is taking time to heal up and we have to be careful with it.

“Luckily we have had others who have come in and done a good job. But he will be back soon and when he returns it will be like having a new signing.”

Egham’s pitch and facilities were hit badly by the floods during January and the start of this month and it has been reported that the surface has been rated as “50-50” for this weekend while their clubhouse was due to re-open this week.