Poppies and Sandy to hold “discussions”

Elliot Sandy watched Kettering Town's 4-0 win at Bedford Town on Tuesday night
Elliot Sandy watched Kettering Town's 4-0 win at Bedford Town on Tuesday night

Thomas Baillie has confirmed “discussions” will be taking place with Elliot Sandy in the next couple of days over a potential return to Kettering Town.

The forward proved to be a pivotal figure in the Poppies’ superb run of form during the second half of last season before the Southern League Division One Central campaign ended in play-off final heartbreak.

Sandy joined Premier Division outfit Dunstable Town during the summer but it now seems he could be set for a return to Latimer Park after he watched his former team-mates move five points clear at the top of the table with a fine 4-0 success at Bedford Town on Tuesday night.

Baillie confirmed the ex-Brackley Town man is keen to come back but the Poppies’ joint-boss admitted the problem he and fellow manager Scott Machin are facing is the ability to keep everyone within their in-form squad happy.

“Elliot coming back is a possibility but there are discussions that need to take place over the next day or so,” Baillie said.

“He is a good player and a great lad but our problem is that we can’t play everyone.

“We may look a bit short as far as the squad is concerned this weekend but next weekend we could have 20 players available and that is the problem.

“Elliot, without question, would benefit any team he goes into and he has made it pretty clear that he wants to come back to Kettering.

“We will have to see what happens over the next couple of days.”

Baillie, meanwhile, felt his team “upped things” at Bedford as they followed up Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Beaconsfield SYCOB with an impressive performance.

Dubi Ogbonna and James Clifton both scored twice to secure the points and the Poppies are back at Latimer Park, a ground they haven’t been beaten on in regular league matches for over a year, at the weekend when they take on Uxbridge.

“We changed a couple of things around and we had to work very hard to get the result,” Baillie added.

“Bedford were up for the game, they challenged us and closed us down but we held firm defensively and, all round, it was a really good display.

“We definitely upped things a bit after grinding out a result last weekend and, in the end, we probably could have won by more.”

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