Thomas wants Poppies to maintain momentum in cup clash

Kettering Town captain Steve Kinniburgh, pictured in action during the 1-1 draw at Rugby Town at the weekend, is set to switch to centre-half for tonight's Red Insure Cup clash with Redditch United at Latimer Park. Picture by Martin Pulley
Kettering Town captain Steve Kinniburgh, pictured in action during the 1-1 draw at Rugby Town at the weekend, is set to switch to centre-half for tonight's Red Insure Cup clash with Redditch United at Latimer Park. Picture by Martin Pulley

Kettering Town will finally try to get their Red Insure Cup third-round clash with Redditch United played at Latimer Park tonight (Tuesday).

The last-16 tie has already been postponed twice but looks set to go ahead this evening as the Poppies tackle their Premier Division opponents.

A dramatic finish at second-placed Rugby Town on Saturday saw Dean Thomas’ side extend their unbeaten run to 15 matches in all competitions as Elliot Sandy’s stoppage-time strike kept Kettering in contention for a play-off place in the Calor League Division One Central.

And Thomas is keen for that momentum to be maintained tonight as his team get the chance to test themselves against higher-ranked opposition.

“I think the game will finally be on tonight and it is about time we played it,” the Poppies boss said.

“We want to try to get into the quarter-finals of the competition, it is the only cup we are left in, the chairman (Ritchie Jeune) wants us to do well in it and so do I.

“We are playing well at the moment and I am looking forward to seeing how the lads do against a team from the division above.

“It is the first of two successive home matches with another one to come in the league on Saturday.

“We want more and more fans coming through the doors and hopefully the results we have got recently encourage a few more to come tonight as well as at the weekend.”

Thomas confirmed central defender Dan Crowie suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury at the weekend and will be out for “a few weeks”.

That will mean a start for Jonathan Bukasa, who came on for Crowie on Saturday, with captain Steve Kinniburgh likely to switch into the heart of defence.

There will also be a late check on Sandy, who picked up a thigh injury at the weekend, but Thomas confirmed everyone else is available.

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