Poppies will take nothing for granted against Northwood

Brett Solkhon is available for Kettering Town's clash with Northwood tomorrow after serving a one-match ban at the weekend
Brett Solkhon is available for Kettering Town's clash with Northwood tomorrow after serving a one-match ban at the weekend

Thomas Baillie insists Kettering Town will be taking nothing for granted when they aim to make it back-to-back home wins against Northwood at Latimer Park tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

The Poppies kicked off the new Southern League Division One Central campaign with a 2-1 home win over Aylesbury United on Saturday with James Clifton grabbing the winner after Andy Gooding’s penalty had been cancelled out.

Joint-boss Baillie conceded it wasn’t a completely convincing start from the title favourites and he believes they are in for another tough examination tomorrow against a Northwood team who opened their season with 1-1 draw at Leighton Town.

“We have two tough games coming up this week because we go to Egham at the weekend at they will be decent,” Baillie said.

“Every team is looking to get into their stride and we are no different, we know we have to do things properly.

“All we can do is try to win matches but it will be tough against Northwood.

“We were fortunate to come away with a 0-0 against during the run-in last season and they have got a very similar squad so we know it will be hard.

“We can’t take anything for granted and all we can do is make sure we are on top of our game and if we are then the rest will take care of itself.”

The Poppies will have Brett Solkhon, who rejoined the club in the summer, available again after he missed the opener due to a one-match ban carried over from last season.

And Baillie also admitted they won’t take any chances with centre-half Henry Eze, who was withdrawn from the starting line-up on Saturday after picking up a hamstring injury in the warm-up.

Baillie added: “We have some more decisions to make and there’s no doubt Brett is going to play a massive part in what we are trying to achieve this season.

“It’s good to have him available and should he come into the team, whoever drops out will be unlucky because we didn’t perform too badly on Saturday.

“But we have said all the way through that it will be the squad that gets us to where we want to be.

“With Henry, we will just wait and see how he is. Tommy Hull and Dan Crowie did well at the back at the weekend so we aren’t under any pressure.

“We don’t need to take any risks with Henry and that’s good. I would rather he missed one more match than play, get injured and then miss three or four.”

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