Settled squad has been the key for Poppies

Kettering Town joint-boss Thomas Baillie
Kettering Town joint-boss Thomas Baillie

Having a settled squad in place has played a big part in Kettering Town’s impressive start to the season, according to joint-manager Thomas Baillie.

The Poppies have named the same starting 11 for the past two games and it was also the same side that started the first game of the season after Dan Crowie replaced Henry Eze, who was injured during the warm-up just over a week ago.

Kettering are the only team in the Southern League Division One Central to be in possession of a 100 per cent record with their latest success being a 3-0 victory at Egham Town on Saturday.

And, as they prepare for their next test at Leighton Town tomorrow (Tuesday) night, Baillie believes continuity has already played a key role.

“We are in a league where teams will always take points off each other,” he said.

“Teams will take points off us but we just have to keep going while we are in a good run of form.

“The team feels settled at the moment which is a good thing.

“We look solid defensively, our midfield has lots of energy about it and we have some real quality at the attacking end of the pitch.

“It is a long old season and we just have to keep concentrating on doing our job.”

Baillie, meanwhile, confirmed last season’s player-of-the-year Eze had been passed fit for the game at Egham after a hamstring injury.

But he and fellow joint-boss Scott Machin decided to continue with the same 16 that had performed so impressively in the 5-0 demolition of Northwood last Tuesday.

Baillie added: “Henry was fit for the game but we decided to go with the same squad after they did so well against Northwood last Tuesday night. We spoke to him about it and he understands the situation

“Tommy Hull and Dan Crowie have been superb for us and everyone has to earn their place here.

“We have a squad that has competition for every position and that squad will be utilised as the season progresses.”