Poppies stand on the brink of title celebration

Kettering Town joint-manager Thomas Baillie is ready for what could be a weekend of celebration for the club
Kettering Town joint-manager Thomas Baillie is ready for what could be a weekend of celebration for the club
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Kettering Town stand on the brink of being crowned Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central champions.

The Poppies need just four points from the final five games to secure the title but are aiming to wrap it all up over the Easter weekend.

They take on Bedford Town at what should be a packed Latimer Park tomorrow (Saturday) knowing should they better the results of second-placed Aylesbury and third-placed Royston Town they will secure the crown.

Should all three win, Kettering will go to Rugby Town on Easter Monday (3pm) needing just a point to be mathematically certain.

The Poppies have led the table from start to finish having suffered play-off final heartbreak a year ago.

After a few years of off-field problems that, at one stage, almost spelled the end for the club, a potential moment of celebration is in front of them.

And should it happen this weekend, joint-boss Thomas Baillie, whose team are unbeaten in 13 matches, has urged the Poppies fans to savour the moment.

“It has been a long time since the fans have had something to cheer about and now we have the opportunity to give them that,” Baillie said.

“If it comes on Saturday or Monday then I just want the fans and everyone else to enjoy it.

“You have to celebrate and savour these moments because you never know when the next one will come along.

“The club is trying to rebuild after years of torment and winning this title would be another massive step in the right direction.

“It has been a great season so far and now we want to finish the job off.

“Kettering is a massive non-League club and there will always be that expectation.

“The fact that there has been a bit of a reaction because we have dared to draw a couple of games gives us a good indication of where we are.

“There are two matches in quick time this weekend and we have to make sure we put it to bed.

“I think we have shown time and again that we deserve to win this league this season and now we have to do it again to make sure of it.”