Poppies boss Thomas insists anything is possible

Kettering Town boss Dean Thomas
Kettering Town boss Dean Thomas

Dean Thomas isn’t ruling anything out as Kettering Town prepare for one of their toughest assignments of the season so far on tomorrow (Saturday).

The Poppies make the short trip over the Warwickshire border to take on second-placed Rugby Town in the Calor League Division One Central.

Kettering’s unbeaten run of 14 matches is set to get its toughest examination yet at Butlin Road, a ground at which just one away team has triumphed in Rugby’s 11 home league matches so far.

The hosts will start the day with an 11-point advantage over the Poppies with leaders Dunstable Town a further four in front.

And while Thomas has made it clear Kettering’s target is a play-off place, he doesn’t believe it is impossible for his team or any of the chasing pack to catch the top two.

“All we can do is try to chip away at them,” the Poppies boss said.

“A couple of months ago, who would have thought that we would go on a 14-match unbeaten run and keep eight clean sheets in the process?

“I think anything is possible. All we can do is keep trying to win matches and see where it takes us.

“Eventually, it will all come down to which team holds their nerve and all the clubs in and around the promotion and play-off places will need to do that from now onwards.

“Rugby and Dunstable have got themselves into a terrific position and it is up to the rest of us to try to put pressure on them.

“We will go there to try to win the game, I think we are capable of doing that but it will be very tough.

“And it will be good to see where we are as we put ourselves up against a team that has been consistently good all season.”

Thomas is expecting to have a fully fit squad available for this weekend after confirming top scorer Dubi Ogbonna should be available after he was set to be rested for Tuesday’s postponed Red Insure Cup clash with Redditch United due to a slight hip problem.

The Poppies signed former Brackley Town forward Elliot Sandy ahead of last weekend’s 5-1 win over Leighton Town and he will again be in the squad having made his debut from the substitutes’ bench.