Baillie: I’ve never had any doubts about Poppies’ title chances

Kettering Town joint-boss Thomas Baillie
Kettering Town joint-boss Thomas Baillie

Thomas Baillie insists he has never had any doubts about Kettering Town’s title prospects this season.

The Poppies go into the Easter weekend knowing that just four more points will see them crowned Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central champions - just under a year after they suffered heartbreak in the play-off final.

Kettering could claim the crown on Saturday when they take on Bedford Town at Latimer Park.

They need to better the results of second-placed Aylesbury and third-placed Royston Town to do it but should all three teams win, a point will be enough when they make the short trip to Rugby Town on Easter Monday.

The Poppies have led pretty much from start to finish under the guidance of Baillie and fellow joint-boss Scott Machin after they took over last summer following the departure of Dean Thomas.

And Baillie insists his belief in his Poppies team, who have put together a 13-match unbeaten run to pull away from the pack, has never wavered

“Being totally honest, I have never really had any doubts in my mind about us this season,” the joint-manager said.

“I have always believed that, as a team both on and off the pitch, we could win this league. We have got ourselves in a great position to make it happen.

“We have built a squad that we knew would be capable of getting the job done and the players have delivered.

“We have been the team that everyone wants to beat and that’s something we have dealt with.

“We have led pretty much from the start, which was what we wanted and now the finishing line is very close. We just have to get over it.”

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