Thomas to name strong Poppies side for Redditch cup clash

Poppies boss Dean Thomas is hoping to see his team progress further in the Red Insure Cup when they host Redditch United tonight
Poppies boss Dean Thomas is hoping to see his team progress further in the Red Insure Cup when they host Redditch United tonight
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Dean Thomas insists he will name a strong Kettering Town side for tonight’s (Tuesday) Red Insure Cup clash with Redditch United at Latimer Park.

The Poppies go into the game against the Calor League Premier Division outfit on the back of a 14-match unbeaten run, which continued with a fine 5-1 success over Leighton Town in the Division One Central on Saturday.

And while the Kettering boss insists the league remains his main priority, he is also keen to continue the good run in the knockout competition.

“It will be a good test for us because Redditch had a fantastic win over Cambridge City at the weekend so they will be full of confidence,” Thomas said.

“We have got home advantage, which is a good thing and we are obviously in decent form ourselves.

“The league is my priority and we have a big game at Rugby Town on Saturday.

“But there won’t be a lot of changes, the squad is settled and it will have a similar feel to it.

“There are a couple of lads who need a game and we will get them some time on the pitch.

“But we are in the last 16 of the competition and I know the chairman and everyone else at the club wants us to try to go all the way in it.

“I am no different to that, I want to win every game and that’s what we will try to do.”

Thomas confirmed recent signing Elliot Sandy will be in line for his first start for the club after making his debut as a second-half substitute on Saturday.

And the Poppies boss expects the former Brackley Town forward to play a key role in the remainder of the campaign.

“Elliot comes here with a good reputation, he has played over 250 games for Brackley at a good level,” Thomas added.

“I am sure he will make a difference for us. He can play in midfield or as a striker so that versatility will be very useful.”

Thomas also confirmed the “door remains open” to strikers Rob Foster and Will Muzvimbiri who have joined United Counties League Premier Division sides Cogenhoe United and Sileby Rangers respectively.

“Of course, the door is open to both lads,” Thomas added.

“Rob knows the situation and he is level-headed enough to know that he needs games of football.

“And Will has been away for a while and a lot has changed in that time.

“They are both good lads and going out to get games under their belts will do them the world of good.”