Whitehawk make a move for Poppies striker Wilson

Poppies boss Dean Thomas
Poppies boss Dean Thomas

Dean Thomas has revealed Skrill South side Whitehawk have put in a seven-day approach for Kettering Town striker Lewis Wilson.

The frontman, who proved a hit with the Poppies fans during a successful stint last season, has scored three goals in the last four matches including the opener in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Northwood in the Calor League Division One Central.

But, despite the interest from Whitehawk who play two levels above Kettering, Thomas is hopeful the former Northampton Town man will stay at Latimer Park.

“Whitehawk have made an approach for Lewis and we will talk to him about that,” the Poppies boss said.

“Obviously we don’t want to lose him but this is the problem when you have players on non-contract.

“Hopefully Lewis will understand what we are trying to do here and we want him to be part of it. We will have to see what happens.”

Thomas, meanwhile, wants his side to maintain their recent momentum when they head to Peterborough Northern Star in the first round of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup tonight (Tuesday).

The Poppies have won their last two league matches without conceding a goal and entertain Romulus in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy at the weekend before their big date in court on Monday when they will appeal the decision to wind the club up over a £58,000 debt owed to Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd.

And while Thomas will give some fringe players the chance to shine tonight, he wants to keep the good form going.

“There will be one or two who have been on the bench recently who will get a start,” the Poppies manager added.

“I am going to use the whole squad and there are a number of players who could do with more minutes under their belts.

“The players made a real statement with their performance on Saturday. We played very well and ran out deserved winners.

“We want to keep that winning mentality and that is why we are taking tonight seriously. We certainly won’t be underestimating our opponents.”