Baillie happy with ‘professional’ Poppies

Kettering Town joint-manager Thomas Baillie
Kettering Town joint-manager Thomas Baillie

Thomas Baillie was content with a “professional” performance as Kettering Town kept their title bid on course at North Greenford United.

The table-topping Poppies claimed a 4-0 success over the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central’s bottom club as they maintained their five-point lead over second-placed Bedworth United, who won 1-0 at Bedford Town, at the summit.

There was a rare occurrence as Kettering were awarded three penalties in the game, all of which were converted by three different players in the form of Dubi Ogbonna, Elliot Sandy and David Kolodynski.

Andy Hall grabbed the fourth to cap another three points and it all left joint-boss Baillie happy with a job well done.

“I know there were a lot of people who worked very hard to get that game on,” he said.

“It was a tough surface to walk on, let alone run on and there were times when the ball wasn’t bouncing. It made things very difficult for both teams.

“But when you are away from home, in London, on a Tuesday night, it’s simply a case of getting there and trying to make sure you come back with the points.

“It was as simple as that for us. It wasn’t a fantastic performance but I thought it was a professional one.

“I think people can see that we have learned from previous matches and I think we have shown that we are capable of seeing games out.

“We were professional in our approach and once we got the second goal, there was no way we were going to let them back into it.

“It certainly wasn’t flamboyant by any stretch but we came away with the victory and that’s what we wanted.”

Don’t miss the thoughts of Thomas Baillie and Poppies captain Steve Kinniburgh ahead of the weekend’s game at Godalming Town in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph