Baillie’s praise for Poppies ‘matchwinner’ Ogbonna

Dubi Ogbonna takes the congratulations after scoring the winner for Kettering Town in their FA Cup clash at Aylesbury. Picture by Mike Capps/www.kappasport.co.uk

Dubi Ogbonna takes the congratulations after scoring the winner for Kettering Town in their FA Cup clash at Aylesbury. Picture by Mike Capps/www.kappasport.co.uk

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Thomas Baillie described striker Dubi Ogbonna as “a matchwinner” after he fired Kettering Town into today’s (Monday) FA Cup second qualifying round draw.

Ogbonna scored in a third successive game for the Poppies as his 76th-minute strike proved decisive as Kettering sealed a 2-1 success at Southern League Division One Central rivals Aylesbury in the first qualifying round on Saturday.

The frontman is rumoured to have attracted the attention of Sky Bet League Two side Luton Town in recent weeks as Hatters manager John Still watched the Poppies’ 5-0 win over St Ives Town last Tuesday.

But, for the time being, Ogbonna is playing a key role in Kettering’s impressive form.

And Baillie was full of praise for the frontman after he scored the crucial goal at the weekend.

The Poppies joint-boss said: “Dubi is just one of these lads who always looks like he is going to score a goal.

“He is a matchwinner and he proved that on Saturday.

“He could be quiet for 89 minutes of a game and then score the winner in the 90th minute, that’s the sort of player he is.

“He has done a good job for us recently because leading the line as a lone striker is not an easy thing to do.

“He caused Aylesbury problems on Saturday and I am sure there is plenty more to come from him.”

Baillie, meanwhile, is hopeful Jonathon Thorpe’s knee injury won’t be as bad as first feared, although the winger is facing some time on the sidelines.

Thorpe was forced off early on in Saturday’s clash after twisting his knee following a challenge from a home player.

“Jonathon suffered a nasty knee injury but we are hopeful it’s not as bad as was first feared,” Baillie added.

“He has got to let the swelling go down and then we will be able to get him assessed.

“I would think he is going to be out for a couple of weeks but our initial fear was that he had ligament damage, which would have meant him being out for months.

“But we will get him looked at and we will see what happens from there.”

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