Young Poppies won’t fear anyone

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with AFC Totton. Pictures by Kelly Cooper
Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with AFC Totton. Pictures by Kelly Cooper

Thomas Baillie believes there is no fear in the young Kettering Town squad as they prepare for their next assignment at Cambridge City tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

The Poppies, who are heading for relegation in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division, produced a much-improved display at Steel Park on Saturday as they fought back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with AFC Totton thanks to captain Nathan Hicks’ late strike.

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with AFC Totton. Pictures by Kelly Cooper

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with AFC Totton. Pictures by Kelly Cooper

And while their fate is inevitable, boss Baillie believes his side will take heart from stopping a terrible run of nine successive defeats and he is sure there are some players who will serve the club in years to come.

“Our average age is still around 21 years old and when you have young players, they tend not to dwell on any result,” Baillie said.

“Despite only getting a point, they will take great heart from the result and the fact we have dominated large parts of the second half.

“I think we have some good players here who will do well for the club in years to come. You could tell they were doing okay because the fans made a lot more noise and that was because they obviously appreciated the work-rate that the lads put in.

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with AFC Totton. Pictures by Kelly Cooper

Action from Kettering Town's 1-1 draw with AFC Totton. Pictures by Kelly Cooper

“Young players rarely fear anyone so we will look forward to Tuesday night. If you don’t go into every game thinking you will get something from it then you are in the wrong place.”

Baillie, meanwhile, was delighted with the debut of new goalkeeper Michael Quirke.

The former Coventry City youngster produced an encouraging display having arrived during last week.

The Kettering manager added: “He is a good lad. We have been chatting to him since we knew Yannick was leaving.

“He was at Coventry as a youngster but got injured and he has played for a couple of clubs at this level.

“He came into training on Wednesday and looked very assured. And he had put in a very good performance. I thought he commanded the area well and there was nothing he could do about their goal.”