Baillie wants Poppies to finish with more silverware

Scott Machin and Thomas Baillie are hoping to add more silverware to the Kettering Town trophy cabinet when they take on Merthyr Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Championship Match
Scott Machin and Thomas Baillie are hoping to add more silverware to the Kettering Town trophy cabinet when they take on Merthyr Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Championship Match
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Thomas Baillie insists Kettering Town will do all they can to finish a memorable campaign off by winning another piece of silverware.

The Poppies head to Wales this weekend to take on Merthyr Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Championship Match.

Merthyr, like Kettering in Division One Central, won Division One South & West with plenty of room to spare and earned home advantage in the end-of-season spectacle between the two champions by virtue of a better playing record over the season.

The Poppies rounded off their title-winning campaign with a low-key 0-0 draw at Chalfont St Peter last weekend.

But Baillie has called for one more effort from his players as they look to add another trophy to one they have already secured.

“Both teams will want to finish the season with a win and there is no way we are going to go all that way to just make up the numbers,” the Kettering joint-boss said.

“We have scored a lot of goals and they have scored even more so it has the makings of an interesting game.

“Both clubs have had fantastic seasons and won their leagues comfortably and I am sure all the players will be able to go out there with a bit of freedom.

“It’s always nice to win trophies, it’s another chance for the players to get a medal and I am sure they would rather it be a winners one. We want to bring another trophy back because success breeds success.

“We have achieved our main aim for the season with flying colours and now we want to finish on a high note.”

As well as a chance to win another trophy, the Poppies will also get a very early look at one of their opponents for next season’s Premier Division campaign.

“I am sure both teams will make tweaks to their squads for next season,” Baillie added.

“But I would also think that the changes won’t be wholesale because of what has been achieved this season.

“So, from that point of view, it gives us a chance to have a look at one of the clubs we will be up against.”

The Poppies will have Josh Moreman available again after he missed the last two games of the league season due to suspension.