Baillie disappointed as Poppies taste defeat at Marlow

Joint-bosses Scott Machin and Thomas Baillie saw their Kettering Town side suffer a second defeat of the season at Marlow
Joint-bosses Scott Machin and Thomas Baillie saw their Kettering Town side suffer a second defeat of the season at Marlow

Thomas Baillie was unhappy with some “sloppy” defending as Kettering Town slipped to their second defeat of the season in the Southern League Division One Central.

Having fallen behind at Marlow, the Poppies battled back with Steve Kinniburgh’s long range effort and a goal from Andy Hall putting them 2-1 up.

But they conceded an equaliser just three minutes after Hall’s effort before Marlow grabbed a late winner to secure a 3-2 success.

Kettering remain on top of the table as other teams around them also slipped up.

But Baillie was left bitterly disappointed after his team’s loss, although he also felt his team were not helped by some questionable decisions from the officials.

“We had a few chances in the first half and their goalkeeper has made a couple of good saves,” the Poppies joint-manager said.

“But the long and short of it is that it wasn’t good enough from our point of view.

“Defensively we have been caught out by three sloppy goals and credit to Marlow because they set their stall out and they latched on to our mistakes.

“We had enough chances to win the game and when we went in front we were right on top of the game.

“But we gave the ball away cheaply, they went through and scored and that gave them the momentum.

“We know no damage was done as far as the league table is concerned and if you had given us this situation after this number of games with us being a couple of points clear, we would have taken it.

“But I don’t think we were helped by the officials either and when the opponents are complaining as much as we were then you know you have a bad one.

“We had certainly two and maybe three cast iron penalties that weren’t given.

“But it shouldn’t have come down to those decisions, we didn’t take our chances and it was very disappointing.”