‘Interesting few weeks’ lie ahead in Poppies’ title bid

Kettering Town joint-manager Thomas Baillie
Kettering Town joint-manager Thomas Baillie

Thomas Baillie believes there are “an interesting 10 or 11 weeks” on the horizon as Kettering Town bid for title glory in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

The Poppies maintained their slender advantage at the top after goals from Elliot Sandy, Josh Moreman and Gary Mulligan – with his first for the club – secured a 3-1 success at Potters Bar Town on Saturday.

Kettering lead the table on goal difference from Bedworth United while Aylesbury sit a couple of points further back, although the Poppies have two game in hand on both sides.

Aylesbury are the visitors to Latimer Park a week on Saturday but, before that, Kettering take on struggling AFC Hayes at home next weekend.

Joint-boss Baillie acknowledged a three-horse race for automatic promotion has now developed but he insists his team won’t look much further ahead than the next game.

“We have seen the results from elsewhere and a gap does seem to have appeared between the top three and the rest,” Baillie said.

“You never really know what could happen but there is a gap and the games are beginning to run out a little bit.

“It looks like a three-horse race but we really aren’t looking any further ahead than the next game against AFC Hayes.

“There is an interesting 10 or 11 weeks coming up but we are perfectly happy to keep our feet on the ground and focus on the next match.”