Thomas wary as Poppies face up to a ‘crucial’ clash

Poppies boss Dean Thomas
Poppies boss Dean Thomas

Dean Thomas has described Kettering Town’s home clash with bottom club Chertsey Town tomorrow (Saturday) as “a crucial one for us.”

A third home game in the space of a week for the Poppies sees them take on Chertsey side who have struggled in the Calor League Division One Central, although they did pick up their first win of the season in their last match.

Kettering haven’t exactly pulled up any trees themselves in the league campaign thus far.

And they were dumped out of the FA Carlsberg Trophy as St Ives Town claimed a 1-0 success at Latimer Park last weekend.

But that was followed by a 5-0 success over an under-strength Daventry Town in the first round of the Red Insure Cup on Monday night as Thomas’ team made a quick and emphatic return to winning ways.

And while the Poppies boss understands why everyone will feel confident ahead of this weekend, he has voiced a word of caution ahead of the clash.

“I think we can be confident but you cannot underestimate anyone,” he said.

“We have not had the best of times ourselves and Chertsey will probably fancy their chances.

“It is a crucial game for us. It is an opportunity to get more points on the board.

“We need to go on another run like we did a few games ago and we need to get two or three wins on the bounce under our belts.

“We are enjoying playing at home in front of big crowds and, while the first-half performance at AFC Hayes wasn’t good, I didn’t think we did a great deal wrong against St Ives last weekend.

“Monday was a good night for us. People will look at it and say that Daventry were under-strength. But we made a few changes ourselves.

“You can only beat what is put in front of you and that is exactly what we did.

“That should give the lads confidence for the games coming up and it is important they seize on that.

“There is the chance to do it in front of our own fans again this weekend and we will be going there to pick up what would be a crucial three points.”