Baillie happy as Poppies are given a home tie

Jonathon Thorpe suffered a knee injury during Kettering Town's FA Cup win at Aylesbury
Jonathon Thorpe suffered a knee injury during Kettering Town's FA Cup win at Aylesbury

Kettering Town joint-manager Thomas Baillie declared himself “happy” after his team were handed a home tie with Chalfont St Peter in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The Poppies will take on their Southern League Division One Central rivals at Latimer Park a week on Saturday, having dispatched of another team from the own division Aylesbury with a 2-1 success in the first qualifying round at the weekend.

The Poppies, who currently sit on top of the table, are preparing to return to league action at Marlow this weekend.

But Baillie insists the FA Cup remains a big priority for his club.

“We have got to be happy with the draw,” Baillie said.

“As is the case with the FA Cup, teams from a higher level come into each round so for us to get a home tie against a side from our division, I think we have to be pleased.

“The FA Cup and FA Trophy are both important competitions for us because of the revenue they bring in if you can progress.

“It’s a home game to look forward to but I am sure Chalfont will be fancying their chances as well.

“We haven’t had them watched yet but by the time we play them, we will know everything we need to know about them.”

Baillie, meanwhile, confirmed the club are hoping to find out the full extent of winger Jonathon Thorpe’s knee injury later this week.

Thorpe suffered suspected ligament damage during Saturday’s win and is facing a period on the sidelines, although it remains unclear how long he will be out for.

But Baillie insists he and fellow joint-boss Scott Machin remain happy with their squad and the options available to them during Thorpe’s absence.

“Jonathon went to hospital and they told him to go back in 10 days,” he added.

“We are doing what we can to get him assessed again before that time to see what damage has been caused.

“It’s a big blow because he is an important player for us.

“But we have confidence in the squad. There are others who may get a chance to stake their claim and it will be up to them to do that.

“We certainly won’t be looking at changing anything over the next two weeks and by then, we should have an idea of how long Jonathon will be out for.”