Poppies Thomas prepared for the test leaders will provide

Dean Thomas
Dean Thomas

Kettering Town manager Dean Thomas is ready for his side to face a ‘massive challenge’ tomorrow.

The Poppies are preparing for the visit Calor League Division One Central leaders Dunstable Town to Latimer Park.

The Bedfordshire outfit are four points clear of their nearest challengers at the summit and will provide a significant test to the home side who are in the position of having to win every game if they want to make it into the play-off places.

Thomas added: “They’re a good side who are very consistent and the table shows they are the best team in the league.

“We’ve certainly come on a lot as a team and we’re playing some really good football.

“But this is a massive challenge and we’re all going to have to be at our best if we are going to win the game.

“Barton (who beat Marlow 4-1 in midweek) are now six points ahead of us so we can’t afford to lose the game, it’s as simple as that.

“There wil be a big crowd there who will want to see us come out on top.”

Tom Hull is the only Poppies player who will miss the game as his suspension, due to the Egham cancellation, will 
be carried over to this weekend.

And while Thomas pointed to the influence the midfielder has had, he believes there is enough quality in the squad to provide cover.

“Tom’s been outstanding for us since he joined,” Thomas said.

“But we’ve got a lot of good players here so we can compensate for his absence.”