Baillie’s praise for players after a perfect month for Poppies

Kettering Town celebrate Josh Moreman's goal which secured the 1-0 success at Godalming Town. Pictures by Peter Short
Kettering Town celebrate Josh Moreman's goal which secured the 1-0 success at Godalming Town. Pictures by Peter Short
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Thomas Baillie piled the praise on the Kettering Town players after they completed a perfect February with a 1-0 victory at Godalming Town.

Josh Moreman’s first-half goal proved to be enough as the Poppies maintained their five-point lead at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

The victory made it six wins in a row for Kettering and a maximum haul in the month as they now gear up for four successive home games at the start of March.

The first of those is against Leighton Town, who lost 2-0 at home to second-placed Bedworth United on Saturday, at Latimer Park tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

And joint-boss Baillie insists Kettering “could not be happier” with the position they find themselves in with 11 games to go in the title race.

“We have had a tough run of fixtures and we have picked up maximum points in February so we are thankful to the players that they have managed to keep going,” Baillie said.

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Godalming Town v Kettering Town 2015 NNL-150203-104234002

“We have lost three games in the league since the end of October and we had that little blip towards the end of the year.

“It seems that people have a lot to say when we lose a game but there isn’t a great deal said by anyone when we win matches.

“That’s clearly something that comes hand in hand with being at a club like Kettering and we, as a management team, and the players accept that.

“We know no-one will roll over in front of us because it’s simply a case of teams having nothing to lose when we play them.

Godalming Town v Kettering Town 2015 NNL-150203-104327002

Godalming Town v Kettering Town 2015 NNL-150203-104327002

“We have stayed quiet, stayed professional and we have had a very good February,.

“We couldn’t be happier with the position we are in and now we have to focus on four home games in a row.”

Moreman’s half-volley secured the points at the weekend as Kettering ended Godalming’s unbeaten run of six matches, although it needed a fine save from Richard Knight deep into stoppage-time to seal the win.

Baillie added: “We were in control of the game for large parts and it should have been more comfortable than it was.

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Godalming Town v Kettering Town 2015 NNL-150203-103832002

“Certainly for the first 70 minutes we had a lot of the ball and their goalkeeper has made some good saves and there was one cleared off the line as well.

“But, as with these things, when you are going away to another side in good form you know they will have a good spell so we are delighted to have come away with the three points.”

Godalming Town v Kettering Town 2015 NNL-150203-104111002

Godalming Town v Kettering Town 2015 NNL-150203-104111002