Poppies’ draw a fair result, says Baillie

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Beaconsfield SYCOB at Latimer Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Beaconsfield SYCOB at Latimer Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley

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Assistant-manager Thomas Baillie conceded Kettering Town’s 1-1 draw with Beaconsfield SYCOB in the Calor League Division One Central was a “fair result”.

The Poppies raced into an early lead at Latimer Park as Louis Hamilton put them in front with exactly 60 seconds on the clock.

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Beaconsfield SYCOB at Latimer Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Beaconsfield SYCOB at Latimer Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley

But Kettering never really built on that good start and Beaconsfield produced a much-improved display after the break and we were well worth the equaliser that came from Reece Yorke.

And Baillie admitted the Poppies were disappointed with their performance, despite making it seven games without defeat in all competitions.

“We got off to a great start, which is something we always try to do,” Baillie said.

“We want to put teams under pressure from the first whistle and that is what we did this time.

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Beaconsfield SYCOB at Latimer Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Beaconsfield SYCOB at Latimer Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley

“But, to be honest, we were disappointed with our overall performance.

“In too many positions over the pitch we huffed and puffed our way through the 90 minutes rather than settling down and playing.

“We didn’t keep the ball as well as we should have done and we gave away some stupid fouls. And when you do that, you invite pressure onto yourselves.

“On the positive side, we have kept the unbeaten run going and that was the sort of game we might have lost a few weeks ago.

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Beaconsfield SYCOB at Latimer Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with Beaconsfield SYCOB at Latimer Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley

“We put a bit of pressure on them at the end with four or five corners in a row and we always thought we could get more from the game.

“A draw was probably the fair result. We would have loved to have won it but this was one of those game where we had to dig in and see it through.”

Jonathon Thorpe (thigh) and Rob Foster (shoulder) both missed the game because of injuries and Baillie revealed there is a chance both could be fit for the home clash with Uxbridge next weekend.