Thomas keen to strengthen as Poppies aim to push on

Top scorer Dubi Ogbonna is struggling with a shin injury ahead of Kettering Town's home clash with Potters Bar Town
Top scorer Dubi Ogbonna is struggling with a shin injury ahead of Kettering Town's home clash with Potters Bar Town
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Dean Thomas is hoping to strengthen his Kettering Town squad at the end of this week as he targets a big push for promotion in the remainder of the Calor League Division One Central campaign.

The Poppies will finally look to get back into action against Potters Bar Town at Latimer Park tonight (Tuesday) after being frustrated by the weather for much of this year.

They currently sit seven points off the play-off places but have the games in hand to overhaul that gap.

Boss Thomas confirmed the club have made two seven-day approaches for a midfielder and a forward and that those are set to expire towards the end of this week ahead of Saturday’s home clash with fellow play-off contenders Royston Town.

There will be no new arrivals before tonight’s game but Thomas knows he will need a strong squad that can cope with a hectic run-in, which will see Kettering play 19 matches in less than 10 weeks.

“We have put ourselves in a great position, a strong position,” the Kettering manager said.

“We are looking to get into those play-off places and we have got to keep the squad as strong as possible.

“With that number of games coming up, players will pick up niggles and knocks and we have to do what we can to ensure the squad is ready for when that happens.

“And I am a firm believer in competition for places, I think it is healthy. So we have made a couple of seven-day approaches and we may get the chance to speak to those players ahead of the weekend.”

As far as tonight is concerned, Thomas may turn to Elliot Sandy to play in a striking role as he did when scoring a hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-2 friendly win over Huntingdon Town.

Top scorer Dubi Ogbonna is set to miss out due to an infection he has picked up following a shin injury and the versatile Sandy may well get the nod to start in attack following his goalscoring exploits at the weekend.

Jamie McAlindon will play in goal with Denham Hinds still facing time on the sidelines due to an ankle and leg problem but defender Dan Crowie is fit.

Thomas added: “Dubi has an injury that requires a bit of treatment.

“I don’t think it is a serious one but Saturday gave me the chance to look at Elliot up front and he obviously did well.

“Jamie will play tonight and he was more in the game at the weekend during the second half. He did fine and we will put our faith in him.”

The Poppies reported yesterday that the Latimer Park pitch had recovered well, although the game going ahead tonight will depend on the weather holding during the day.

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