Pressure is all on Poppies in derby clash

Elliot Sandy could miss out for Kettering Town again at Daventry Town after being unwell for their defeat at Northwood last weekend

Elliot Sandy could miss out for Kettering Town again at Daventry Town after being unwell for their defeat at Northwood last weekend

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Thomas Baillie knows all the pressure will be on his Kettering Town side when they make the short trip to Daventry Town this afternoon (3pm).

The Poppies head to Communications Park, subject to a 10.30am pitch inspection, having missed out on the chance to go eight points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central last weekend when suffered a 3-1 defeat at Northwood.

Kettering will be heavy favourites to get back to winning ways against a Daventry side who are battling away in the lower half of the table after having their playing budget cut earlier this season, although they did claim a 2-0 success over AFC Hayes last weekend.

Poppies joint-manager Baillie said: “They (Daventry) probably don’t have any high expectations and the pressure and expectancy is on Kettering but that’s the way it is every week.

“If teams lose to us then they just say that’s what was expected but we are comfortable with that, we have had to deal with it in every game for the last year. The pressure is on us but it always is.

“We know that a five-point lead can be reduced quickly but, at the same time, with good results in the next three matches it could also be extended.

“There’s no alternative but to bounce back as soon as we can.

“Losing a game soon turns into an issue and losing two games in a row is something we don’t want to face.

“There are three games in seven days and we want to get nine points from them if we can.

“We won’t look too far ahead. The only thing in our minds at the moment is to go and get a result at Daventry.”

The Poppies could still be without striker Elliot Sandy for the clash after he missed the defeat at Northwood due to being unwell.