Baillie hails a ‘perfect few days’ for table-topping Poppies

Brett Solkhon heads home what proved to be the winner as Kettering Town beat Godalming Town 2-1 at Latimer Park to maintain top spot in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Brett Solkhon heads home what proved to be the winner as Kettering Town beat Godalming Town 2-1 at Latimer Park to maintain top spot in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central. Pictures by Alison Bagley
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Thomas Baillie hailed a “perfect few days” for Kettering Town as they completed a second home win in the space of a week to maintain their advantage at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

Having beaten Barton Rovers in midweek, the Poppies ran out 2-1 winners over Godalming Town, who had started the day in fourth place, at Latimer Park.

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Godalming FC 'Poppies second goal scored by Brett Solkhon'Saturday 8th November 2014 NNL-140811-184010009

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Godalming FC 'Poppies second goal scored by Brett Solkhon'Saturday 8th November 2014 NNL-140811-184010009

Elliot Sandy grabbed his fourth goal in as many matches since returning to Kettering while Brett Solkhon added the other with a second-half header.

The Poppies remain two points clear of Hanwell Town at the top and are now preparing for another huge clash at third-placed Aylesbury next weekend.

But, for the time being, joint-boss Baillie was delighted to reflect on a fine week for the club.

“Obviously our target was to win the two games and we have done that,” Baillie said.

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Godalming FC ''Saturday 8th November 2014 NNL-140811-183853009

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Godalming FC ''Saturday 8th November 2014 NNL-140811-183853009

“We have played very well at various stages in both matches but that was a big win for us because Godalming were fourth in the league.

“We needed Jamie McAlindon to make a couple of good saves and Jason Lee has made a fantastic clearance off the line.

“But once we went in front, we really went on from there and had it not been for their goalkeeper we would have won by a bigger margin.

“Both teams created chances and we are bound to come under pressure when we play other teams at the top of the table and I would think it was a good game to watch.

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Godalming FC ''Saturday 8th November 2014 NNL-140811-183728009

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Godalming FC ''Saturday 8th November 2014 NNL-140811-183728009

“We are delighted to have come out of it with what we wanted to complete a perfect few days.”

Baillie, meanwhile, paid tribute to the contribution Sandy had made since coming back to the club and described the way the Poppies attacked Godalming as “frightening”.

He added: “Elliot is a good lad and a big-game player who has seen it and done it. We need players like him around the place.

“He is a real handful for opposing teams, we have brought him in and he has hit the ground running, which was what we needed.

“In him, Dubi Ogbonna, Claudiu Hoban and Andy Hall we have some very good players and the way we attacked with pace at the weekend was frightening at times.”