Marcus Law has admitted he will have to make full use of his Kettering Town squad as they face up to a hectic run-in in the Evo-Stik South League Premier.
The Poppies’ huge Easter weekend proved to be a washout as their clashes with fellow promotion contenders Weymouth and King’s Lynn Town both fell foul of the wet weather.
It has left Kettering with a busy schedule in the last three weeks of the season with the clash at King’s Lynn being re-arranged for next Thursday, April 12 while Weymouth will now visit Latimer Park on Thursday, April 19.
The Poppies are 13 points behind leaders Hereford but have all-but secured a play-off place and are now vying for a top-three finish to give themselves home advantage in the semi-finals.
And with so much still to play for, boss Law knows he will have to make the right decisions when it comes to selection.
“We have just got to play it game-by-game,” he said.
“We will need to have honesty from the players when it comes to fatigue and injuries but we will utilise every member of the squad in the remainder of the season.
“It’s just unfortunate that we don’t have Durrell Berry and James Brighton available because then we would have cover in every position.
“I am sure the players will want to be involved in every game because we have plenty to play for.
“We are trying to finish as high as we possibly can and it’s nice to be in this position compared to the one we were in a couple of years ago when we were doing the chasing for a play-off place.
“It’s going to be a tall order to expect Hereford to drop two games and they are riding in really well towards the finish line.
“But while there is a still a mathematical chance, you have to do as much as you can and that’s what we will do.”
The Poppies will be heavy favourites to pick up a fifth win in a row on Saturday as they head to take on a Dunstable Town team who sit second-from-bottom having won just three of their 40 league games so far.
“We have had over a week without a match so we want to get back it and get any rustiness out of us,” Law added.
“We have to treat the game with utter respect. We know everyone will have us down as favourites but we also know football can hurt you if you don’t do things properly.
“The first thing is to make sure we don’t lose the game and then we look at trying to take three points because that’s what we want and need from it.”
Poppies remaining fixtures
Saturday: Dunstable Town (a), Tuesday: Brackley Town (Hillier Cup final at Sixfields), April 12: King’s Lynn Town (a), April 14: Hitchin Town (h), April 17: Gosport Borough (a), April 19: Weymouth (h), April 21: Hereford (a), April 24: Tiverton Town (h), April 28: Farnborough (h).