Baillie pleased with his ‘patient’ Poppies

Joint-bosses Thomas Baillie and Scott Machin saw their Kettering Town side maintain their five-point lead at the top of the table with a 1-0 victory at Hanwell Town
Joint-bosses Thomas Baillie and Scott Machin saw their Kettering Town side maintain their five-point lead at the top of the table with a 1-0 victory at Hanwell Town
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Thomas Baillie was pleased with what he described as a “patient performance” as Kettering Town came through another big game in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

The Poppies maintained their five-point lead at the top of the table with a 1-0 success at Hanwell Town, who had started the day in third place.

Elliot Sandy hit the winner eight minutes into the second half to keep Kettering’s promotion bid on track.

And, as the attention begins to turn towards their final home game of the year against Royston Town next weekend, joint-boss Baillie hailed another job well done by his players.

“I thought it was a very patient performance from us,” he said.

“We knew the chances would come and that’s what happened, particularly in the second half. “We deserved to win and we probably could have won by a bigger margin.

“We are in a tough run of fixtures but, in general, every time these games have come towards us we have been able to do a job.

“We feel confident that we can beat anyone we come up against and it was another tough game against a team who have been up there all season.

“But we have a good group of players and we are pleased to have come through another big one.

“We go into another one next weekend and I thought at the beginning of the season that Royston would be in the top two or three. With them not playing at the weekend, we are 17 points ahead of them as it stands.

“If we can put a bigger space between us and them with a good result next weekend then we will be delighted.

“The players are performing well and we are just looking forward to the next game.”

Sandy’s strike made it seven goals in nine matches since he returned to the club and Baillie had a word of praise for the frontman.

And the joint-boss also praised striker David Kolodynski for his contribution and is certain it won’t be long before the club’s most recent signing will open his account.

“Elliot deserved the goal on the day,” Baillie said.

“He has hit the ground running since he came back and he worked very, very hard for the cause.

“David has a lot of quality and he has shown that.

“He is a good team player and his goals will come, there is no question about that.

“He said himself after the game that it doesn’t matter who scores the goals as long as the team wins and I think that says it all about his attitude.”

The Poppies, meanwhile, confirmed before the clash at Hanwell that young winger Reubus Richard-Noel has joined landlords Burton Park Wanderers on loan until January 3.