It must be ‘one in, one out’ for Poppies

0
Have your say

Thomas Baillie insists it must be a case of “one in, one out” if Kettering Town are to make any moves in the transfer market.

The Poppies have been heavily linked with a move for forward Elliot Sandy, who came on as a substitute for Dunstable Town in their 2-2 draw at Corby Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division on Saturday.

Kettering Town's players appeal for a decision during their 1-0 home defeat to Uxbridge at the weekend. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Kettering Town's players appeal for a decision during their 1-0 home defeat to Uxbridge at the weekend. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Sandy rejoined Dunstable shortly after appearing to have left the club which he joined in the summer, having been a key figure for the Poppies in the second half of last season.

It is understood that Sandy is keen to return to Latimer Park but Baillie insists it is a case of wait and see, although he acknowledged he and fellow joint-manager Scott Machin have “some thinking to do” after their team, who are two points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central, suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Uxbridge at the weekend.

“At the moment, it’s a case of if we bring one in, then we have to let one go,” Baillie said.

“Elliot is a Dunstable player again, although I think he has been quite vocal about what he wants to do.

Football Action: Burton Latimer : Kettering Town FC vs Uxbridge FC 'Saturday 11th October 2014 NNL-141110-224204009

Football Action: Burton Latimer : Kettering Town FC vs Uxbridge FC 'Saturday 11th October 2014 NNL-141110-224204009

“We have some thinking to do over the coming days. Things change almost on a daily basis at this level and we will just have to see what happens.”

Baillie, meanwhile, confirmed the Poppies’ under-21 squad will be utilised again when they take on Corby Town in the first round of the Red Insure Cup tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

Kettering were without the likes of Dubi Ogbonna (unavailable), James Jepson (injured) and Tommy Hull (suspended) at the weekend and Baillie insists his priority is to ensure the remainder of the squad stay fit for next Saturday’s FA Trophy preliminary round clash with Lincoln United.

“We will be using the under-21 squad,” Baillie said when asked about the cup game against Corby.

Football Action: Burton Latimer : Kettering Town FC vs Uxbridge FC 'Saturday 11th October 2014 NNL-141110-224142009

Football Action: Burton Latimer : Kettering Town FC vs Uxbridge FC 'Saturday 11th October 2014 NNL-141110-224142009

“We have got 14 players as it stands for next weekend and we really can’t risk getting any more injuries.

“We should have Dubi back but he is also carrying a knock and James Jepson has an outside chance of being fit.

“But Tommy Hull will still be suspended and Lewis Wilson, as it stands, won’t be eligible to play as part of the loan agreement with Oxford City

“So we have to manage the squad properly and it means that the youngsters will get another chance on Tuesday.”

Football Action: Burton Latimer : Kettering Town FC vs Uxbridge FC 'Saturday 11th October 2014 NNL-141110-223652009

Football Action: Burton Latimer : Kettering Town FC vs Uxbridge FC 'Saturday 11th October 2014 NNL-141110-223652009