Struggling Poppies beaten 2-1 at home by Gateshead

GatesheadKettering Town

Kettering Town 1
Kelly 6

Gateshead 2
Lees 66
Kayode 89

It was last minute heartbreak for Kettering Town on Tuesday but they get a chance to redeem theves today when they host Gateshead making the long trip from the North. Kettering have managed just one point from their last three matches and need a win at home today to restart their league campaign as they currently sit in 19th place in the league table.

Goal!GOAL: The match gets underway with the visitors show no signs of fatigue from their long trip but Kettering starting to settle. Stohrer feeds Hodge and his ball in is blocked but Marcus Kelly fires home at the second attempt. Kettering lead 1-0.

Despite the Poppies early lead, White is the busier of the two keepers saving from O’Donnell and collecting the cross from a Gateshead corner. O’Donnell fires wide goal as the visitors press for an equalizer. Kelly’s corner comes to nothing but Kettering are starting to create opportunities of their own after soaking up the visitor’s early pressure.

Half-hour gone and another close effort from Gateshead’s danger man O’Donnell and White comfortably collects a deflected effort from Agnew. Meikle crosses for Richens but his header is easily saved by James, then O’Donnell heads wide at the other end. Back to back corners for Kettering but they can’t increase their lead spite coming more into the match with half-time approaching.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 1   Gateshead 0

The second half is underway at Latimer Park and an early change as Preston is replaced by Deverdics for Gateshead. Marcus Kelly is shown the yellow card for a shove. Poppies free-kick is headed wide by Nti and at the other end Barrow fires high over Paul White’s crossbar approaching the mark. A trip on Nti earns Alex Nicholson a booking. Another Poppies free kick but struck straight at Gateshead keeper Brad James by Richens.

Goal!GOAL: The visitors pressing again and earn a free-kick. Nti shown a yellow card for not retreating 10 yards. It’s floated in and met by Toby Lees who volleys past White and into the net. With 66 minutes gone the visitors are back on level terms at 1-1.

Kettering have slackened off and pay the price, now they will have to up the tempo and build again with 20 minutes remaining. It’s all Gateshead at the moment though as O’Donnell again heads just wide. Elliott Hodge makes way to give Alex Nimely his debut. James saves from Kennedy’s header, better from Kettering. Gateshead strike the post as White was beaten and are on top heading into the final ten minutes.

Nicky Eaden really needs to shake them up now if they are to even hold onto a point. The Poppies have been poor in the second-half, especially up front again, not offering much to trouble keeper Brad James. Connor Kennedy gets his usual yellow card. O’Donnell is switched for Blackett by Gateshead with 82 minutes gone. Agnew fires over the crossbar, Poppies looking out of it at the moment. Solkhon replaces Meikle.

Goal!GOAL: Solkhon heads wide from Nti’s cross. Into time added on and it looks like another indifferent performance from Nicky Eaden’s men will keep them down near the foot of the table, unless they can produce something against the run of play. They can’t and it’s Gateshead who score. It’s all too easy as Joshua Kayode pokes the ball home from a cross. It’s 2-1 to Gateshead.

Kettering win a free-kick, it’s last chance saloon, but nothing comes of it and at the final whistle it’s the visitors who are the deserved winners. It was a poor second-half from the Poppies and they again paid the price. After a good opening win they are struggling to produce anywhere near the form needed to stay in this league let alone do well in it. Nicky Eaden certainly has his work cut out.

Att: 701

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