Kettering Town boss Mark Stimson keeps focus on the pitch

Kettering Town boss Mark Stimson is urging his players to look past off-field issues when they face Tamworth.

The players did not receive their last monthly wages in full, and the whole squad have been transfer listed.

Stimson told BBC Look East: "It's been a week of talking to players and making sure they're focused and they understand [the listing decision].

"Players may be able to get their full pay or go onto bigger and better things [by] performing well in the match."

He continued: "I've had a few situations similar to this, but it's frustrating.

"You want to mainly concentrate on the pitch and the players performing, but it does seem as though you're spend more time on [off-field issues] than the most important things.

"I just hope the players can go out and put on a performance the supporters can be proud of and they can proud of. Last Saturday, they couldn't have been proud - I certainly wasn't.

"I've spoken to the chairman briefly on a couple of issues but nothing [on the] long-term future. The most important thing is Friday night. But I'm sure the chairman is working behind the scenes to do the best he can for the football club."

The Poppies lie 19th in the Blue Square Bet Premier but their form had improved in recent weeks, picking up two wins and a draw in their last five league games.

However, they were beaten in the FA Cup first round by Sutton United and Stimson admits that was a blow.

"Going out of the FA Cup is a massive loss, financially," he said.

"But as a player, once you get across that white line, everything else has got to be forgotten. They've trained well and now we hope they they take that into the match.

"There'll be a lot of scouts and hopefully some of those players play that well that I get calls from managers wanting to take them."

Stimson has confirmed that there has been interest in an unnamed player in the squad since the listing of the entire squad.

Meanwhile, the manager says that Kiernan Hughes-Mason, Moses Swaibu and Stephen O'Leary are expected to feature again, playing on non-contract terms.

And winger Josh Dawkin will be available after his loan from Norwich City was extended by another month.

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