Poppies must use midweek joy as a ‘springboard’

Poppies boss Dean Thomas
Poppies boss Dean Thomas

Dean Thomas has urged his Kettering Town squad to use their eye-catching midweek success as a “springboard” for the remainder of the season.

The Poppies ran out comprehensive 3-0 winners against a strong Arlesey Town side in the second round of the Calor League’s Red Insure Cup on Tuesday.

Kettering return to Division One Central duty tomorrow (Saturday) when they take on Beaconsfield SYCOB – who sit just a point but five places above Thomas’ side – at Latimer Park.

And the Poppies boss feels the belief is firmly back in his squad, who have conceded just one goal in their last six matches in all competitions, as they look to make moves up what is proving to be a close division.

“I would say that Tuesday night was our best performance of the season so far,” Thomas said.

“Everyone did the job that was asked of them and they adapted to a change in formation, which was very pleasing.

“We know we need to be stronger against the better sides in our own division and we showed what we are capable of against a team from a higher level on Tuesday.

“It was pretty much their first team we were up against and we can take confidence from it.

“The lads seem to be enjoying their football and training and hopefully that result can be a good springboard for us.”

Thomas is now hoping his team can maintain the momentum when they take on a Beaconsfield side, who have won five of their seven away games in the league this season.

“They are a decent side and we know a win will put us above them,” he added.

“We want to keep this good run of form going and keep the momentum going.

“The important thing is that the players are now going into matches believing they can win, that wasn’t always the case earlier in the season.”