Dean Thomas has left no stone unturned when it comes to knowing what Kettering Town will be up against when their Calor League Division One Central campaign gets under way tomorrow (Saturday).
For the Poppies supporters, the season is set to be a trip into the unknown as they get ready to watch their team at the lowest level in the club’s history following two relegations and one demotion in the last two troubled years.
The new-look Kettering squad head to Potters Bar Town for their opener tomorrow but manager Thomas knows what to expect.
“We have had a report on them and we are fully aware of what they are about,” the Poppies boss said.
“You can look at pre-season results all day long but ultimately it means nothing once the real thing starts.
“We have done our homework on Potters Bar but I am more focused on making sure we are ready for it. If we can perform as well as I believe we can then we will stand a good chance of getting a good result.”
Thomas, meanwhile, wants to see all his players contributing when it comes to goals this season.
A lot of focus has fallen on summer signing Jake Newman after an impressive pre-season, which saw him hit six goals in seven games while much will also be expected of striker Lewis Wilson, who has returned to Kettering after two successful loan spells from Northampton Town last season.
But Thomas said: “I don’t really want the pressure all falling on one or two people to score the goals. I want to see everyone contributing on that front.
“Jake has shown that he knows where the goal is and if you have someone scoring you 25 goals then it will be a huge benefit.
“Jake has done very well in pre-season and I am sure he will play a massive part in what we are trying to do.”