Aylesbury a threat but so are Poppies, says joint-boss Baillie

Jason Lee scored his first goal for Kettering Town in the FA Cup win at Aylesbury earlier this season. But he will miss tomorrow's league clash between the two due to a one-match ban
Jason Lee scored his first goal for Kettering Town in the FA Cup win at Aylesbury earlier this season. But he will miss tomorrow's league clash between the two due to a one-match ban
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Thomas Baillie insists he and fellow joint-manager Scott Machin will take a close look at Aylesbury and their threats ahead of the top-of-the-table clash at the weekend.

But the Kettering Town boss insists Aylesbury should be just as concerned about the threat the Poppies will pose tomorrow (Saturday).

Kettering remain on top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central after beating Godalming Town 2-1 at Latimer Park last weekend thanks to goals from Elliot Sandy and Brett Solkhon.

The Poppies are two points clear of second-placed Hanwell Town while Aylesbury sit a further five back in third, making this weekend’s clash in Buckinghamshire huge for both teams.

Kettering won 2-1 at Aylesbury in the FA Cup earlier in the season but Baillie is well aware of the threat they will pose this weekend.

“They have got together a very, very good squad,” the Poppies joint-boss said.

“They have proven how good they are and they did it again by comfortably beating Rugby away from home last weekend.

“It is going to be a very tough game and Aylesbury are a team who will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.

“But while we will look closely at them, I am a massive believer in the squad we have got and I am sure teams will be worried when they are playing us.

“We can assess the opposition as much as we want but we have to make sure we are ready and if we get things right then I think we are capable of beating anyone.

“It is a big game because we can put some daylight between us and them with a good result. But we know how tough it will be and we have to ensure we get everything right.”

The Poppies will be without centre-half Jason Lee, who serves a one-match ban following his sending-off in the FA Trophy defeat at Mickleover Sports.

But Josh Moreman is set to be in the squad after returning from a loan spell at Huntingdon Town this week.

Baillie, meanwhile, insists the club will always be on the lookout for potential fresh faces.

He added: “At the moment, we have only got one outstanding approach that we have put in.

“That is something that could develop over the next seven to 10 days and we will see what comes of it.

“We are happy with the squad we have got but I think the addition of Elliot Sandy (who has scored four goals in four games) shows that it doesn’t hurt to freshen things up now and again.

“We believe in this group of players and there is no real rush to do anything.

“But what we won’t do is let the lads rest on their laurels. We are always on the lookout just in case something happens and that won’t change.”