Poppies can be a lot better, warns joint-boss Baillie

Brett Solkhon joins the ball in the net as he celebrates scoring Kettering Town's second goal in the 2-1 success over Godalming Town at the weekend. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Brett Solkhon joins the ball in the net as he celebrates scoring Kettering Town's second goal in the 2-1 success over Godalming Town at the weekend. Pictures by Alison Bagley
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Thomas Baillie is in no doubt that Kettering Town will be a “handful” for anyone in their league if and when they fully get into their stride.

The Poppies picked up their 12th win from 15 matches in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central as they beat Godalming Town, who had started the weekend in fourth place, 2-1 at Latimer Park on Saturday.

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Godalming FC ''Saturday 8th November 2014 NNL-140811-184214009

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Godalming FC ''Saturday 8th November 2014 NNL-140811-184214009

Goals from Elliot Sandy and Brett Solkhon wrapped up a second home win in the space of a few days after Kettering had beaten Barton Rovers 3-2 last Tuesday.

Joint-bosses Baillie and Scott Machin are now preparing for a big clash at third-placed Aylesbury on Saturday.

And Baillie is sure his team can still perform even better than they have been while he also acknowledged that victory at Aylesbury could be crucial in the battle for promotion.

“We have played two very good teams and beaten them but we are better than what we have shown,” the joint-manager said.

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Godalming FC ''Saturday 8th November 2014 NNL-140811-184255009

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Godalming FC ''Saturday 8th November 2014 NNL-140811-184255009

“I feel we are getting more and more into our stride and building up the pace.

“We have taken 18 points from the last 21 available but I do believe we are capable of being a lot better than we have been over the last two games.

“It’s another massive game at Aylesbury on Saturday.

“They are third and if we can win down there then we will be 10 points clear of them with a game in hand and, even at this stage, that would be a big gap.

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Godalming FC ''Saturday 8th November 2014 NNL-140811-192957009

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Godalming FC ''Saturday 8th November 2014 NNL-140811-192957009

“We have things to work on but if we come into our stride fully then we will be a handful for anybody in the league.”

Baillie, meanwhile, confirmed striker Alfie Taylor has now left the Poppies after being told he could find a new club last week.

Avelino Vieira, who trained with the Poppies in pre-season, has been on the bench in the last two matches while Josh Moreman is due to return from his loan stint at Huntingdon Town tomorrow (Tuesday).

And Baillie said: “There was going to be a conversation about Alfie’s future after the game with Barton last Tuesday.

“It didn’t happen but ultimately, we have wanted to change things around a bit.

“We sent Avelino to go and get some games and he has been scoring goals. I thought he looked a threat when he came on against Godalming.

“We have made a decision with what we feel is right for us at this moment in time.

“But we are also mindful of the face that Josh is back with us this week.

“You can’t have everyone and Alfie wants to be playing regular football, that’s not something we can guarantee anyone.”