Baillie urges Poppies to take their big opportunity

Elliot Sandy sent this late lob just over the bar during the Poppies' 0-0 draw with Marlow. Picture by Jim McAlwane
Elliot Sandy sent this late lob just over the bar during the Poppies' 0-0 draw with Marlow. Picture by Jim McAlwane
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Thomas Baillie is hoping Kettering Town can take another giant step towards the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central title tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

The Poppies had their seven-game winning streak ended in a poor 0-0 draw with Marlow at Latimer Park on Saturday.

But the stalemate did enable Kettering to extend their lead at the top to nine points after second-placed Bedworth United slipped to a 1-0 home loss to Godalming Town.

Kettering play their game in hand on Bedworth tomorrow evening when they entertain Egham Town at Latimer Park knowing a victory will send them 12 points clear of the chasing pack with eight games to play.

And joint-boss Baillie is determined to ensure that opportunity doesn’t pass his team by.

He said: “We are in a fantastic position. We are nine points clear, we have a big advantage with the goal difference and we have the game in hand.

“If we are going to put the pressure on the other teams then we really want to go and win that game on Tuesday night.

“If we do that then we are going to be 12 points in front with a big goal difference and we will be extremely happy if we can get ourselves into that position.”

The Poppies are set to be boosted by the return of three key players for tomorrow night’s clash.

Gary Mulligan is available again after serving a three-match ban while Dubi Ogbonna, who was ill at the weekend, and goalkeeper Richard Knight, who missed the draw with Marlow due to family reasons, will also be back.

“Dubi and Gary will be back for Tuesday,” Baillie confirmed.

“They are capable of making things happen in the final third so it will be great to have them back.”