Baillie to have a “good look” as Poppies face the drop

Thomas Baillie
Thomas Baillie

Thomas Baillie insists he and his staff will have a “good look at it” before deciding how Kettering Town will approach a quick return fixture with St Neots Town tomorrow (Wednesday) night.

The two sides cross swords at Corby Town’s Steel Park stadium just four days after the Saints produced a stunning fightback from 3-0 down to win 4-3 at Rowley Park on Saturday.

In one of the few lower league games around the country to survive the cold snap, the rock-bottom Poppies looked set for a rare win in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division when they held a 3-0 lead after 54 minutes thanks to goals from Nathan Hicks, Will Muzvimbiri and Henry Eze.

But a disastrous final 12 minutes saw St Neots complete a fabulous comeback as their visitors crumbled under the pressure.

It all means that should Kettering lose again tomorrow night then, due to the inferior goal difference, they will be all-but relegated. The long-awaited confirmation of the drop is drawing ever closer but Baillie is simply focusing on how his side can right the wrongs from the weekend.

And he insists there will be no snap judgements while he also paid tribute to youngster Muzvimbiri, who produced a decent display alongside Aman Verma in the Kettering attack.

“You always look to try something different and that will need to be the case for both of us tomorrow because the teams have had a good look at each other,” Baillie said.

“We decided to start with Will on Saturday because we felt he could get onto balls that others couldn’t and he caused them problems with his pace. It was one of his best games for the club.

“We will have a good look at it before deciding what we do for Wednesday, it is too easy to make a snap judgement especially after what happened at the weekend.

“It is mistakes that are the problem, what can you do about that?

“It is individual errors that cost us and it is proving a real problem for us.

“We were all very disappointed but we take nothing away from them. They have some quality players and they signed a few in the build-up to the game.

“You should never be 3-0 up and lose a game of football but we will have a think about it before we decide what we do for Wednesday.”