Baillie: A defeat would have left me mortified

Kettering Town manager Thomas Baillie
Kettering Town manager Thomas Baillie

Thomas Baillie says he would have been “mortified” if Kettering Town had lost at Cambridge City on Tuesday night.

The Poppies followed up their 1-1 draw with AFC Totton at the weekend with another as new signing Aman Verma headed home a late equaliser after Adrian Cambridge had put the hosts in front with just eight minutes remaining.

But the final outcome didn’t tell the full story as the Poppies put in what Baillie described as their “best performance of the season”.

They found home goalkeeper Zac Barrett in inspired form and Verma also struck a post before the hosts took the lead.

But, like at the weekend, Kettering fought back to claim a point as they look to finish a season that will end in relegation from the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division on a good note.

“I would like to think that today Cambridge are feeling relieved that they came out of the game with anything,” the Poppies boss said.

“If we had come away with a few goals and a win then I don’t think they could have had any complaints.

“We wanted a 90-minute performance and we got just that.

“Their goalkeeper has made four or five excellent saves and we hit the post. So when we conceded, it just looked like being another of those nights.

“But I have to give the lads credit, they could have folded. Instead they fought back and the equaliser was the least we deserved.

“I think that has to be up there with one of the best performances of the season and I would have been mortified if we had lost.”

The Poppies, who remain cut adrift at the foot of the table, take on Bideford at Corby Town’s Steel Park on Sunday (3pm).

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