Thomas looking forward as Poppies focus on the league

Poppies manager Dean Thomas
Poppies manager Dean Thomas

Dean Thomas is now fully focused on guiding Kettering Town into the Calor League Division One Central play-offs.

The Poppies’ 15-match unbeaten run in all competitions was ended on Tuesday night as Premier Division outfit Redditch United claimed a thrilling 5-4 success at Latimer Park in the third round of the Red Insure Cup, despite them having to play for 75 minutes with just 10 men.

But Kettering still hold a 13-match unbeaten sequence in the league and will be looking to extend that when they entertain rock-bottom Ashford Town (Middx) tomorrow (Saturday).

Just two points separate third-placed Daventry Town and the ninth-placed Poppies as a group of clubs chase a top-five finish.

And Thomas is now looking forward to the run-in, which includes a number of games against those teams in and around them.

“We are looking forward to all the games, especially the ones that are coming up against the teams at the top end of the table,” he said.

“We all have to play each other and everyone will drop points at one time or another.

“It is all about keeping your nerve and retaining your composure.

“This is the business time of the season and I have no worries that we can’t carry on winning games.

“We can concentrate fully on the league now. There are 19 games left and we will try to get as many points as we can.”

Thomas, meanwhile, has warned his players that they must have the right attitude this weekend.

Kettering will be heavy favourites to see off an Ashford team that has won just twice all season and has the worst defensive record in the league.

But the Poppies boss added: “We have to make sure we go into the game with the right attitude and ensure we don’t underestimate anybody.

“They will come here and make life difficult for us.

“We have more than enough to win the game but we have to apply ourselves properly.

“If we do the right things then we will have a good chance of winning the game.”