Poppies must give home fans something to cheer about

Brett Solkhon and his Kettering Town team-mates were left frustrated after last weekend's 1-0 home loss to Uxbridge
Brett Solkhon and his Kettering Town team-mates were left frustrated after last weekend's 1-0 home loss to Uxbridge
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Thomas Baillie has urged his Kettering Town players to give their supporters “something to cheer about” this weekend.

While the statistics show the Poppies’ season is going along quite nicely – they hold a two-point lead at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central – there is a cause for concern over their recent form at Latimer Park.

While a pair of home defeats to Corby Town in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup and Red Insure Cup could possibly be discounted due to Kettering fielding a weakened line-up, those two losses have helped contribute to a run of four straight reverses on their own patch without scoring a goal.

A poor performance resulted in a 1-0 loss to Chalfont St Peter in the FA Cup and last weekend, the Poppies saw their advantage at the top of the league cut after they were beaten 1-0 by Uxbridge in front of their expectant fans.

Respective 2-1 and 4-0 away wins at Beaconsfield SYCOB and Bedford Town before that loss to Uxbridge ensured Kettering do stay out in front as they now turn their attention to an FA Trophy preliminary round clash with Lincoln United tomorrow (Saturday).

Joint-boss Baillie is at a loss to explain what has gone wrong at home recently.

But he knows it is up to his players to make things happen and get the fans firmly in their corner.

“It’s a strange one because away from home we have played very well,” Baillie said.

“Last Saturday we dominated the second half and we couldn’t score, sometimes you get games like that.

“We have got to do something to lift the crowd here. When we are away from home it’s very noisy and there is an atmosphere.

“But when we are at home it isn’t that same.

“Despite the fact there are usually 700 people at the game, it is very quiet.

“We have to do something on the pitch that is going to lift those fans because they do make a difference.

“There’s nothing better than having them cheering you on but it’s up to us to give them something to cheer.”