Baillie wary as Poppies aim for seven in a row

James Clifton is the only slight injury doubt for Kettering Town ahead of tonight's home clash with Leighton Town
James Clifton is the only slight injury doubt for Kettering Town ahead of tonight's home clash with Leighton Town

Thomas Baillie knows Kettering Town will have to be “wary” of Leighton Town when they kick off a run of four home games in a row tonight (Tuesday).

The Poppies head into the midweek clash on the back of six wins in a row in February, the latest of which was a 1-0 success at Godalming Town at the weekend.

With second-placed Bedworth United claiming a 2-0 victory at Leighton, it means Kettering remain five points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central with a game in hand on their nearest rivals, who are also in action against Hanwell Town tonight.

Leighton arrive at Latimer Park sitting third-from-bottom in the league table.

But Baillie isn’t being fooled by that lowly position, especially after the Poppies were beaten 3-1 at Leighton way back in August.

“It’s a tricky game because Leighton’s results have been very much up and down,” Baillie said.

“Even though they are third from bottom, they have had some very good performances and results against some good sides.

“They beat us fair and square down there earlier in the season so we are very wary of them.

“This is why we don’t tend to look at the league table too much when we are preparing for matches.

“They are another team who will come here with not a great deal to lose and everything to gain so we will prepare properly with the aim of getting another good result.”

The Poppies look set to name an unchanged squad for the clash, with the only doubt being right-back James Clifton.

“We will need to check on James and he is probably the only slight doubt,” Baillie added.

“We took him off because he was tightening up a little bit but we got him off the pitch before it became an issue.

“I am pretty sure he will be available but we are also mindful that we have got three games in eight days so if we feel we need to rest anyone up then we will.”