Baillie content as Poppies edge closer to the crown

Elliot Sandy was on target as Kettering Town claimed a 2-2 draw at Uxbridge
Elliot Sandy was on target as Kettering Town claimed a 2-2 draw at Uxbridge

Thomas Baillie was content with a point as Kettering Town edged closer to the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central title with a 2-2 draw at Uxbridge.

But the Poppies joint-manager felt his team did enough “to win two games” in what proved to be a decent encounter in Middlesex.

In the end, a point was enough to maintain a 14-point lead at the summit as Aylesbury moved into second place thanks to a 3-0 win over Bedworth United.

The Poppies will now have to wait to see how Aylesbury get on in their game in hand on against Egham Town on Tuesday night before knowing how soon they may be able to claim the title.

If Aylesbury win, Kettering will have to wait until at least the Easter weekend but should the Moles drop points then an opportunity, dependent on other results, will arrive for the Poppies when they head to St Ives Town next Saturday.

As far as the game at Uxbridge was concerned, Baillie had mixed feelings with the final outcome.

Elliot Sandy gave Kettering an early lead before David Kolodynski levelled things at 2-2 after the hosts had fought back to lead 2-1.

“In the end, we have done enough to win two games,” the Poppies joint-boss said.

“Their goalkeeper has pulled off four or five fantastic saves and we missed a few other chances as well.

“Uxbridge played well and I would think their manager, like a number of others, wishes they performed to that level every week and not just against Kettering.

“They scored two good goals and so did we but we created enough chances to have hit 10 in the game.

“It was a decent game and I am sure it was a good one to watch. Everything worked for it to be a good match.

“But we see it as another point gained. It is another game down and another point towards where we want to be.

“It’s another one ticked off, we are pleased with a point and we will move on now.”