Thomas will prepare as Poppies face judgement day

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Romulus in the FA Trophy. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Romulus in the FA Trophy. Pictures by Alison Bagley
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Dean Thomas insists he and his Kettering Town players will be preparing as normal for Tuesday night’s FA Trophy preliminary round replay at Romulus, despite the club facing their judgement day in court tomorrow (Monday).

Poppies chairman Ritchie Jeune and other club officials will be travelling to London in the morning where they will attend a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Romulus in the FA Trophy. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Romulus in the FA Trophy. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Kettering are appealing the decision to wind the club up over a debt of £58,000 owed to Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd, which sparked a high-profile fundraising effort from football fans across the world.

It remains unclear when the verdict from the hearing will be known tomorrow but should the outcome go against them, the club is likely to go into liquidation.

It means things, as Thomas observed, are very much “up in the air” but he believes he and his squad had little choice but to try to prepare for Tuesday’s game.

“Obviously, things are very much up in the air at the moment,” the Poppies boss said.

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Romulus in the FA Trophy. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Romulus in the FA Trophy. Pictures by Alison Bagley

“As a manager and as a squad we just have to carry on and I thought the players’ attitudes were spot on against Romulus.

“Our performance improved in the second half and I think that helped lift the atmosphere as well. We just hope things go our way tomorrow.

“”We haven’t spoken about it in the dressing-room, there is no point in me saying anything about it.

“We are just going to prepare for the replay on Tuesday because that is all we can do.

“Hopefully things will go our way and then we can concentrate on the replay and get the club into the next round.”

Whoever wins Tuesday’s replay, should it go ahead, will host St Ives Town in the first qualifying round after they beat Rainworth Miners Welfare 1-0 at the weekend.