Thomas sure Poppies won’t lose their momentum

Poppies boss Dean Thomas
Poppies boss Dean Thomas

Dean Thomas is confident Kettering Town won’t lose their momentum after their latest Calor League Division One Central clash fell victim to the weather.

The Poppies’ trip to third-placed Barton Rovers was called off due to a waterlogged pitch on Saturday.

It means Thomas and his men will now have to wait until Boxing Day for their next action when they put their 12-match unbeaten run on the line against St Ives Town at Latimer Park.

And the manager is sure his team will still have a “buzz” about it when they step out in front of what he hopes will be a big crowd on Thursday.

“It would have been nice to play because we want to maintain that momentum,” Thomas said.

“But it is that time of year when the weather can have its say and you have to deal with it.

“The buzz is still in the squad and I am sure we won’t lose any of that momentum.

“Hopefully the weather will be a bit kinder and we will be able to play on Boxing Day.

“I am sure there will be a big crowd. I think people like coming out to a match on Boxing Day, it helps blow the cobwebs away.

“I hope the game is on, I hope people come out for it and I hope we can get another good result.”

Josh Moreman was set to make his debut for the Poppies at Barton after the former Corby Town striker joined Kettering from Deeping Rangers on Friday.

Chimdi Akubuine, meanwhile, made his debut for Nuneaton Town in the 2-0 defeat to Woking in the Skrill Premier on Saturday.

And Thomas insisted there was no way he could stand in the right-back’s way after a club from a higher level came calling.

“If a player is making a sideways move then you have to think about it but when a club from a higher level comes in for them then we have to give them that chance,” Thomas said.

“Chimdi has done well for him and it is a good opportunity for him with Nuneaton.

“We have got a good replacement in the form of Jonathon Thorpe, who I believe can be the best right-back in our league.”

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