Poppies set for busy weekend after a ‘wake-up call’

Poppies joint-managers Scott Machin and Thomas Baillie watch on during their team's 3-1 defeat at Leighton Town. Picture by Peter Short
Poppies joint-managers Scott Machin and Thomas Baillie watch on during their team's 3-1 defeat at Leighton Town. Picture by Peter Short
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Thomas Baillie believes Kettering Town’s first defeat of the season should serve as a “wake-up call” for everyone at the club.

Having won their first three matches in the Southern League Division One Central, the Poppies were brought firmly back down to earth on Tuesday night as they were well beaten 3-1 at unbeaten Leighton Town.

With expectations high and Kettering being the clear title favourites, joint-manager Baillie believes the midweek reality check may be no bad thing.

The Poppies are now preparing for a Latimer Park double-header over the bank holiday weekend as they take on North Greenford United tomorrow (Saturday) before facing Northamptonshire rivals Daventry Town on Monday afternoon.

And Baillie believes the first setback of the season has given everyone an idea of where the team is at the present moment.

“It’s a wake-up call for everyone,” the Poppies’ joint-boss said.

“We have won three games and now we have lost one, maybe that gives us all a realisation of where we are.

“We have lost a game of football and in the grand scheme of things, it’s not the worst thing in the world.

“It is a reality check and maybe it is better that it has come now because it is all too easy to get carried away by the hype that comes with being at Kettering.

“We have had people saying that this club will win the league at a canter and all that. We never believed it and now perhaps everyone will realise that will not be the case.

“It is a topsy-turvy league at times and you only have to look at the results from the other night to see that.

“Teams want to beat Kettering more than anyone else and I think we saw that on Tuesday. They were joyous in their celebrations at the end and we have to expect that.

“That’s something we have to deal with. We have to outwork our opponents, which is something that didn’t happen at Leighton.”