Baillie wants a full performance from Poppies

Poppies boss Thomas Baillie
Poppies boss Thomas Baillie

Thomas Baillie is hoping Kettering Town avoid leaving themselves with an uphill task when they head to Cambridge City in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division tonight (Tuesday).

It is only a matter of time before the Poppies’ ultimate fate of relegation is sealed as they head into the clash still a massive 22 points adrift of safety.

But Baillie’s side at least stopped the rot at the weekend as decent performance was rewarded with a 1-1 draw against AFC Totton at Steel Park thanks to captain Nathan Hicks’ late strike. That prevented a new club record of 10 successive league defeats.

So there is renewed confidence in the Kettering camp ahead of the short jaunt down the A14 as they take on a Cambridge side whose play-off challenge has fallen away in recent weeks with three defeats in a row.

However, Baillie isn’t fooled by such form and he is hoping his team give themselves a chance of a result by producing another decent display for the full 90 minutes.

“I think we have a right to say that in some of our games the final outcome hasn’t reflected what actually happened,” the Poppies boss said.

“But one thing we have done too often is give ourselves too much to do at half-time in matches.

“In general, our second-half displays have been pretty good but on too many occasions, the damage has already been done.

“We just need to work hard and make sure we don’t give ourselves an uphill task.

“We have to get it right for 90 minutes and if we do then I think we are capable of giving anyone a game.

“Cambridge are a good side and they have a number of very good players in their squad. But I think we have some decent ones as well.

“I am looking forward to it and I just hope we can put a 90-minute performance in.”

Baillie confirmed there is an “outside chance” of Aman Verma featuring in the game as the club await international clearance before he becomes available.

But Patrick Noubissie is set to miss out after suffering an ankle injury at the weekend.