Tinkering may be needed for Poppies in Trophy

Poppies manager Thomas Baillie
Poppies manager Thomas Baillie
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Thomas Baillie backs his Kettering Town side to do well in the FA Trophy – even if he does admit there might be the need to ‘tinker’ with the personnel this weekend.

An awkward trip to Evo-Stick League Northern Premier First Division South Mickleover Sports awaits the Poppies on Saturday and progress will be tough to achieve against an outfit who have won seven out of eight at home in all competitions.

And Baillie admits his priorities lie elsewhere but is still confident they can put out a side to challenge even if some players are given a break.

“We will be taking it very seriously because when a club like Kettering Town lose it is a massive deal,” the joint-manager said.

“But myself, Scott Machin (joint-manager) and the players will be judged on our league performance – on whether or not we get promoted.

“We have to remember that and think about that.

“Saturday is important for us but, yes, I would swap that game for three points against Royston because league success is what will define our season.

“It might be that we have to tinker a little bit.

“But we are in the fortunate position here that we have a very strong group of players.

“Even if they are not in our squad, the majority of our players would get into most other teams.

“We’ve left a few out in the past to give them a rest and others a chance.

“We have got the confidence to do that because we believe in the squad we have here.

“Saturday is very important to us. But then so is Tuesday when we have a big league game against Barton Rovers.

“We have to be a little bit careful and we won’t be taking any risks.”

With a good staff in place, Baillie also said there is unlikely to be any transfer action in the near future.

“We’re constantly looking and there is one player which is an ongoing situation,” he said.

“But there is nothing happening at the moment.

“Maybe in the next couple of weeks we might see some movement but we are not in a major rush to do anything just now.”