Dean Thomas wants to see more ruthlessness in front of goal as Kettering Town’s pre-season preparations enter the final stretch.
The Poppies travel to Spalding this weekend before crossing the border into Leicestershire to face Barwell on Tuesday as the days tick by before their league opener on August 17.
Manager Thomas watched his charges draw 0-0 with UCL outfit Huntingdon on Monday evening and while the performance in general pleased him, the profligacy up front was an area in which he expects to see improvements.
He said: “It was a good competitive game and we stood up well to a big, physical side.
“We created several good chances but failed to take them and that inability to finish cost us the chance of victory.
“It’s important that we’re taking the chances that we’re creating.
“We’ve got plenty of options up front and so far the strikers and wide players have done well but we need them to go up a level against the better opposition we’re going to face.”
That starts this Saturday against Spalding, a side Thomas believes will provide a stern challenge.
He added: “If we’re not organised then we’ll get found out, which is what happens when you play the better sides.
“But we’re playing reasonably well and we’ll go there, without making too many changes, and look to play properly and come away with a victory.
“We won’t be sitting back because that’s not what I want my team to do and a win would be good for us.”