Thomas: Poppies still have a lot to say

Henry Eze celebrates scoring Kettering Town's opening goal in the 2-0 win over Dunstable Town. Pictures by Mike Capps/www.kappasport.co.uk
Henry Eze celebrates scoring Kettering Town's opening goal in the 2-0 win over Dunstable Town. Pictures by Mike Capps/www.kappasport.co.uk
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Kettering Town will have a lot to say in the Calor League Division One Central over the next five games, according to boss Dean Thomas.

The Poppies moved back to within three points of the play-off places with a fine 2-0 victory over leaders Dunstable Town at Latimer Park on Saturday.

Dunstables Danny Murphy Holds of Ketterings attack, Kettering Town v Dunstable Town Calor Gas League Division One Burton Park Saturday 12 April 2014

Dunstables Danny Murphy Holds of Ketterings attack, Kettering Town v Dunstable Town Calor Gas League Division One Burton Park Saturday 12 April 2014

The win made it four in a row on their own pitch ahead of tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s home clash with AFC Hayes while the re-arranged trip to Egham Town follows on Thursday evening.

Saturday’s success was played out in front of the second highest attendance of the season at Latimer Park as 760 fans turned out to watch the Poppies see off the table-toppers.

With just five games to go, Kettering are right back in the hunt for a top-five finish and Thomas hailed the support his team are getting as they aim to extend their season in the play-offs.

The Kettering manager said: “The fans want to see success and they are right behind us. They have seen some great achievements over the years.

KETTERINGS HENRY EZE CELEBRATES AFTER SCORING KETTERINGS FIRST GOAL, Kettering Town v Dunstable Town Calor Gas League Division One Burton Park Saturday 12 April 2014

KETTERINGS HENRY EZE CELEBRATES AFTER SCORING KETTERINGS FIRST GOAL, Kettering Town v Dunstable Town Calor Gas League Division One Burton Park Saturday 12 April 2014

“The club has been reborn and I think most people are just satisfied that they have a team to support.

“The fanbase has grown by the week and that only comes with what happens on the pitch.

“It is a collective thing. They need to keep supporting us and we need to keep winning games of football.

“We are in a far healthier place than we were this time last year and it has been a great turnaround during this season.

“We are still in there with a great shout and we still have a lot to say between now and the end of the season.”

The weekend success may have come at a price, however, as defender Dan Crowie was forced off with a hamstring injury while Tommy Hull, who served a one-match suspension, is also struggling with a groin strain.

Elliot Sandy was also withdrawn with a groin problem while Jonathon Thorpe is unavailable for the two midweek matches this week.

And Thomas added: “I will have to shuffle the pack and see what I come out with.

“We have a big enough squad and we have players ready to come in and replace those who don’t make it.”