Thomas wants to settle things down at Poppies

Poppies boss Dean Thomas
Poppies boss Dean Thomas
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Dean Thomas is hoping the weekend win at Ashford Town (Middx) will be the start of a more settled period for Kettering Town.

The Poppies bounced back from a midweek defeat to Rugby Town with a comfortable 2-0 success on Saturday thanks to goals from Steve Kinniburgh and Lewis Wilson.

It came after a busy end to last week, which saw Ashley and Dave Deeney released by the club while Nathan Fox returned to Corby Town.

Last season’s player-of-the-year Henry Eze returned to the Poppies while Thomas also brought in right-back Chimdi Akubuine and midfielder Luke Knight.

And the manager is now aiming to settle his players down as they prepare to take on Northwood in their next Calor League Division One Central outing at Latimer Park on Saturday.

“There will be an opportunity for us at the weekend and we have make sure these chances to pick up victories don’t pass us by,” Thomas said.

“We haven’t taken enough points at home and we have to build on the performance the lads put in at the weekend.

“It is probably fair to say that it has been a turbulent time for the players because I have been swapping the team around a bit.

“Now we need to be more settled. It would be good to get through a few games with the same line-up and calming things down a bit.”

Northwood is the first of three games for the Poppies next week with an NFA Hillier Senior Cup clash at Peterborough Northern Star and an FA Trophy home game with Romulus following on before the club’s big court date on October 7 where they will attempt to overturn the decision to wind it up over a debt owed to Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd.