Good cup run is high on Poppies’ agenda

Kettering Town striker Alfie Taylor is pushing for a first start in the FA Cup clash at Cogenhoe United after coming off the bench to score the Poppies' winner against Daventry Town

Kettering Town striker Alfie Taylor is pushing for a first start in the FA Cup clash at Cogenhoe United after coming off the bench to score the Poppies' winner against Daventry Town

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Thomas Baillie has admitted a good run in the FA Cup is high on Kettering Town’s agenda as they prepare to get this season’s campaign under way.

The Poppies, who sit on top of the Southern League Division One Central after winning five of their six games so far, face a tricky trip across the county to take on Cogenhoe United, who are unbeaten in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division, at Compton Park tomorrow (Saturday).

And, ahead of the preliminary round tie, Baillie said: “Of course, the club want a run in the FA Cup.

“It brings big financial rewards and it is always exciting for the supporters.

“We have made a good start in the league and now we can have a break from that and focus on something else.

“We have had Cogenhoe watched and I know they were watching us on Monday (in the 1-0 win over Daventry Town).

“They are doing very well in their league this season and they are a big, strong outfit. It will be an interesting game.”

Baillie, meanwhile, believes striker Alfie Taylor has made a “good case” for himself when it comes to earning his first start in Poppies colours.

Taylor was the hero on Bank Holiday Monday as his late deflected free-kick sealed the 1-0 success over county rivals Daventry.

And Baillie added: “Without a shadow of a doubt, Alfie will probably be expecting to start the next game.

“He has done very well in training and he has improved what has been happening on the pitch when he has come on.

“To be fair, I thought all three substitutes made a difference for us on Monday.

“But Alfie got the goal and if he believes he should be starting the next game I would say he has a very good case.”

Dubi Ogbonna (ankle) is the only major injury doubt for the Poppies ahead of the clash.