Thomas’ Poppies are up for the ‘big battle’

Poppies boss Dean Thomas is ready for a busy week ahead, which starts with tomorrow's home clash with Marlow
Poppies boss Dean Thomas is ready for a busy week ahead, which starts with tomorrow's home clash with Marlow

Dean Thomas insists the Kettering Town players and coaching staff are up for “one hard battle” in the remainder of the Calor League Division One Central campaign.

It has been another frustrating week for the Poppies after their clash at Egham Town was postponed last weekend before quickly being followed by another game being called off as the Latimer Park pitch was deemed unplayable for Tuesday night’s match with St Ives Town.

However, not a great deal has changed in the play-off picture with Kettering currently six points off Royston Town, who sit in fifth place, but with four games in hand.

The Poppies will hope to kick off a busy week when they are due to entertain Marlow at Latimer Park tomorrow (Saturday) and that is followed by trips to Chertsey Town (Tuesday), Daventry Town (Thursday) and Beaconsfield SYCOB (next weekend).

And while he understands that his team are playing “catch up”, boss Thomas says his team are up for the challenge that lies ahead.

“We have some massive games coming up and we will look forward to them,” the Kettering manager said.

“We are playing catch up like we have been all season, nothing has changed from that point of view.

“It will be one hard battle. But the players are still up for it, I am still up for it and the management staff and still up for it.

“So let’s get on with it and see if we can get the job done.

“We are going to have to do everything the hard way, that’s certainly the case.

“It is a massive test for the squad and it will take some massive commitment from them as well as they will be playing football on a number of nights in the week.

“There will be no great amount of time for recovery between the games and I will have to utilise the squad well.”