Young Poppies to take on Steelmen

Kettering Town joint-manager Thomas Baillie
Kettering Town joint-manager Thomas Baillie
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Thomas Baillie has confirmed Kettering Town’s under-21 players will take centre-stage against Corby Town in the first round of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup at Latimer Park tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

The two local rivals meet for the first of two clashes over the next month with a first-round match in the Southern League’s Red Insure Cup still to come in October.

But Poppies joint-boss Baillie, who was disappointed to see his team suffer their second defeat of the Southern League Division One Central campaign at Marlow on Saturday, insists there will be a youthful feel to their squad for the midweek clash.

Kettering take on Chalfont St Peter in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup next weekend and Baillie was happy to make it clear where his club’s current priorities lie.

“There will be a lot of under-21s involved but there are first-team players who do need a game,” the joint-manager said.

“We will have a look at the squad and we will go through the under-21s and see who is available.

“They have started the season well and it will be a chance for Scott (fellow joint-boss Machin) and myself to have a look at some of them.

“We have our own agenda and the FA Cup match is 100 times more important than Tuesday night.

“There will be first team players involved but we are probably talking about three or four who need a game, no more than that.”

Baillie, meanwhile, provided an update on winger Jonathon Thorpe, who suffered suspected knee ligament damage in the FA Cup success at Aylesbury recently.

And it seems Thorpe is facing “a period of time” on the sidelines, although the full extent of his injury is yet to be confirmed.

“He is still struggling to bend his leg fully,” Baillie added.

“We are hoping to get him booked in for an MRI scan for the end of next week. But I can see him being out for a period of time.

“We can’t say for certain how long it will be because there is still swelling that needs to go down before he has the scan.”