Thomas makes changes as Poppies head to Dunstable

Jermaine Clarke has been released by Kettering Town
Jermaine Clarke has been released by Kettering Town

Dean Thomas has made some changes to his Kettering Town squad as he bids to switch the focus back on to football tonight (Tuesday).

The Poppies head to Dunstable Town in the Calor League Division One Central for the first of two matches that have been sanctioned by the Southern League, despite the club being wound up in the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Monday.

Kettering are set to challenge the winding up order placed on them by Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd by applying for a recission order over the next week.

In the meantime, manager Thomas is hoping his players can turn their form on the pitch around.

Jermaine Clarke and Kieren Joseph have both left the club while four others have arrived in time for tonight’s clash.

Left-sided player Ashley Fuller, former Birmingham City youngster Luke Trotman, centre-half James Sage and midfielder Robbie Maddox have all been added to the squad.

And Thomas has urged his players to focus on the on-field matters as he looks to make them more “compact” after shipping 12 goals in their first five games in all competitions.

“We needed to make some changes and that’s what we have done. I have learned a lot about the squad over the first few weeks,” the Poppies boss said.

“We have got to try to things around. Our best performance was in the win at St Ives and that is how we need to play. We need to be harder to beat.

“We have left ourselves far too open at times and maybe now is the time to look at how we set up. We need to be a bit more defensive minded and compact.

“There is nothing we can do about what is happening off the pitch. I have been through this sort of thing at Hinckley and it is water off a duck’s back as far as I am concerned.

“The board are working hard to sort out the off-field issues. I want the players to concentrate on football. We have enough good players here to turn things around.”