Thomas so proud as record-breaking Poppies head for home

Action from Kettering Town's 0-0 draw at Northwood on Tuesday. The Poppies will put their current 20-match unbeaten league run on the line again tomorrow when they play Chalfont St Peter at Latimer Park. Pictures by Peter Short

Action from Kettering Town's 0-0 draw at Northwood on Tuesday. The Poppies will put their current 20-match unbeaten league run on the line again tomorrow when they play Chalfont St Peter at Latimer Park. Pictures by Peter Short

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Dean Thomas has paid tribute to his Kettering Town players after their unbeaten run in the Calor League Division One Central reached record-breaking levels.

The Poppies made it 20 league matches without defeat with a 0-0 draw at fellow play-off chasers Northwood on Tuesday night.

Action from Kettering Town's 0-0 draw at Northwood on Tuesday. The Poppies will put their current 20-match unbeaten league run on the line again tomorrow when they play Chalfont St Peter at Latimer Park. Pictures by Peter Short

Action from Kettering Town's 0-0 draw at Northwood on Tuesday. The Poppies will put their current 20-match unbeaten league run on the line again tomorrow when they play Chalfont St Peter at Latimer Park. Pictures by Peter Short

The current crop broke the club record for an unbeaten league run when they won 3-0 at title contenders Daventry Town last Thursday and that was followed by a 2-0 success at Beaconsfield SYCOB on Saturday.

The incredible effort has left Thomas’ team sitting just outside the top five on goal difference, although they still have games in hand on the teams above them.

After four successive away matches and as many clean sheets, Kettering return to Latimer Park to take on Chalfont St Peter tomorrow (Saturday) before a huge game at fifth-placed Barton Rovers follows on Tuesday night.

And, after a start that saw six defeats in 10 games, Thomas admits it has been quite a turnaround for the club.

“If you told me a a run like this was feasible after those first six weeks of the season then I would have said you were bonkers,” the Poppies boss joked.

“But it shows how quickly things can change when you get the right people behind you.

“We have brought some good players in, we have some winners at the club now and I am very proud of what they have achieved so far.

“They have stuck at it, shown some great determination and they have shown real desire even during the stop-start period we had.

“Our fitness levels have come to the fore and I knew they would. Fitness is an integral part of being successful in this game.”

Thomas is now keen for his team to bring the form back home and he insists three points will be the target when they step out against Chalfont at Latimer Park this weekend.

He added: “It will be nice to get back and play in front of the fans again.

“They have done a lot of travelling and spent a lot of money following us over the last four games and it is important we repay them for that.

“These are the games we need to be winning, it won’t be easy because it never is.

“But it is a winnable game and we need to go out there with the right attitude and see if we can add another three points to the tally.”