Poppies are ‘delivering with flying colours’

Thomas Baillie believes Kettering Town have "delivered with flying colours" so far this season
Thomas Baillie believes Kettering Town have "delivered with flying colours" so far this season
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Thomas Baillie believes Kettering Town are “delivering with flying colours” as they close in on the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

The Poppies claimed a fine 4-1 victory over Hanwell Town on Saturday while their nearest rivals – Bedworth United and Aylesbury – were both held to draws.

Kettering now have a 14-point lead at the summit with the focus now switching to when, rather than if, they will be crowned champions.

They could get the opportunity to clinch promotion as early as the trip to St Ives Town on March 28, although they will need to keep the winning run going at Uxbridge next weekend for that to be possible.

The Poppies have produced an outstanding run at just the right time with Saturday’s victory being their ninth win from the last 10 matches.

The nearest rivals have all slipped up in recent weeks and Baillie insists the Poppies’ belief has never wavered, despite the heavy burden of expectation from the demanding fanbase.

“We have felt confident all season and this league was always going to be a marathon, not a sprint,” the Kettering joint-manager said.

“We have done what we needed to do and we always knew there were enough talented players in the squad to get us into the position we find ourselves in.

“We always believed others would drop points and that is what has happened.

“There has been a lot of pressure on us and there has been a lot of expectation. At the moment, we are delivering with flying colours.”