Poppies must learn how to close games out, says boss Dean

Poppies boss Dean Thomas
Poppies boss Dean Thomas

Dean Thomas is hoping Kettering Town can soon learn how to win games the easy way.

The Poppies have the weekend off following an early exit from the FA Cup but will be back in action at Latimer Park on Tuesday night when they take on Rugby Town in the Calor League Division One Central.

Thomas’ side picked up their first home win of the season with a dramatic 4-3 success over Aylesbury United last weekend, which came after a torrid few days for the club after it was wound up in the High Court over a debt owed to Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd.

With an appeal now lodged and due to be heard on October 7, the club have been given the go ahead to continue playing with Thomas choosing to focus solely on the on-field matters.

And while he admitted last Saturday’s victory was a “relief” he is well aware there is more work to do after watching his side take a 2-0 lead, go 3-2 down and then produce a stirring late fightback to nick the points.

“It was a relief to get the three points, regardless of how we did it,” the Kettering manager said.

“Of course, we would have wanted to do it a lot more comfortably than we did and we did have the opportunity to do that.

“But what we did show is that there is a real togetherness within the squad and we showed the right desire to come back and win. Hopefully that is something we can build on.

“However, we need to learn how to close games out. We are in an unwelcome habit of conceding silly goals and that is something we have to stop.

“We need to learn how to win games without doing it the hard way. And that means being more thoughtful and professional at certain times.

“We have thrown a team together and we are all still learning things about each other.

“There is plenty to work on and the lads will train tomorrow (Saturday) as we look to put a stop to the areas that are letting us down.”

The Poppies claimed a 4-0 success over landlords Burton Park Wanderers at Latimer Park on Thursday night in a fundraising friendly.

Second-half goals from Jake Newman (2), Jonathon Thorpe and Louis Hamilton sealed the victory while defender Stuart Wall featured after joining the club on a dual registration from King’s Lynn Town.

A crowd of 308 were on hand for the match while an auction before and after the game raised over £2,000.

A Just Giving site launched by Facebook and Twitter user Football Accumulators and the Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust has seen almost £16,000 donated by fans from around the world towards a target of £20,000.