Poppies could round off their glorious season with a record

Kettering Town celebrated winning the title in style last weekend and the champions complete their Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central campaign at Chalfont St Peter this weekend. Picture by Jim McAlwane

Kettering Town celebrated winning the title in style last weekend and the champions complete their Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central campaign at Chalfont St Peter this weekend. Picture by Jim McAlwane

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Thomas Baillie wants Kettering Town to round off their memorable league campaign with what would be a record-breaking win tomorrow (Saturday).

If the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central champions are victorious at Chalfont St Peter this weekend, it will set a new club record for the number of wins in a league season of 31.

The Poppies were finally able to celebrate their title success with their own fans as over 1,000 were on hand to see them lift the trophy following a 2-1 win over Bedworth United at Latimer Park last weekend.

But Baillie is hoping there is more in the tank with a Division One Championship match at South & West champions Merthyr Town still to come next weekend.

“We don’t like losing games and I don’t even appreciate it when we lose pre-season matches,” the joint-manager said.

“We go into every game looking to win and, even though neither side really has anything to play for this weekend, our attitude won’t change.

“We want to go there and finish the league season off on a high note and in the way we have been doing things all season.

“I think we have created a few records this season and we have the chance to create another one.

“To be honest, I am really looking forward to it. There’s no pressure on either team, both can go out there and express themselves and try to produce a good game for people to watch.

“Those who have watched our games since we won the title will have noticed the difference now that the pressure is off. Everyone is relaxed.

“But we still have another game to come after this weekend and we want to try to win another trophy at Merthyr, even though our main aim for this season has been accomplished.”

Josh Moreman will again miss the game due to suspension but, other than that, Baillie expects a fully-fit squad to be available.

Striker Dubi Ogbonna may yet still feature in the game having been on trial at Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock this week.

Tommy Hull (ankle) and Gary Mulligan (hamstring) were both withdrawn during the win over Bedworth but are expected to be fit while James Clifton was an unused substitute in the clash following a shoulder injury.