Title-winning season ends with a damp squib

Thomas Baillie and James Jepson Kettering Town NNL-141006-122440002
Thomas Baillie and James Jepson Kettering Town NNL-141006-122440002
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Thomas Baillie conceded there was a “low key” feel to the game as Kettering Town wrapped up their title-winning campaign with a 0-0 draw at Chalfont St Peter.

The Evo-Stik Southern League Division One champions made changes to their line-up but still created the better opportunities, although they were unable to end the season on a winning note.

And Baillie admitted the game was a “typical” end of season affair.

“We tried a few different things just to have a look at some of the lads”, the Poppies joint-manager said.

“To be honest, we could have scored four or five goals and it was an open game.

“But there was a real end-of-season feel to it and ultimately it was two teams who didn’t have anything to play for.”

The Poppies’ season isn’t quite over yet as they head to Division One South & West champions Merthyr Town for the Southern League Championship match next weekend.

And Baillie is hoping his team can round things off by picking up some more silverware.

“It’s one more game and we will try to win it,” Baillie added.

“We will have a look at the squad and see what we have got available but it’s going to be a tough game because Merthyr have obviously had a very good season.

“We want to win trophies and this game gives us another chance to do that.

“We have done what we set out to do and that was win our division and we have done it in a bit of style as well.

“But we want to try to end the season on a high and we will try to do that next weekend.”