Poppies aiming for a fourth successive victory

Nathan Fox is set to miss Kettering Town's clash with Barwell tonight due to a hip injury
Nathan Fox is set to miss Kettering Town's clash with Barwell tonight due to a hip injury

Thomas Baillie insists Kettering Town will be going all out to win their final three games of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

The Poppies go into tonight’s (Wednesday) penultimate home clash of the campaign against Barwell at Steel Park (7.45pm) on the back of three successive victories since their relegation was confirmed.

Baillie’s players produced an impressive effort last weekend as they claimed two wins in 24 hours with a 1-0 success at Bedworth United being followed by a 3-1 home verdict against Bideford on Sunday.

And while the good run of form has come too late to save the Poppies from the drop, boss Baillie is targeting a big finish to the campaign.

“People may think that the players are relaxing after the relegation was confirmed and think that is the reason why things have picked up,” he said.

“But there is always pressure. There is an expectation to win games and that just doesn’t come from the supporters, it comes from the players themselves.

“The fact is that Kettering were 20-odd points adrift in November when they had no squad. Ask anyone in football and they will tell you it was pretty much an impossible job.

“And people probably don’t understand just how difficult it has been to attract players to the club given what has happened here in the past year or so.

“But the pressure to win every match is always there and we want to try to win again against Barwell tonight. If we can, we want to try to win our last three matches.

“It has been a tough season for everyone but the players are still putting a big effort in. It still matters to us.”

The Poppies are likely to be without injured pair Nathan Fox and Louie Hamilton for the clash while Henry Eze sits out the last of a three-match ban.