Poppies 2-0 winners at home to Halesowen – maintain their 100% start to the season

HalesowenKettering Town

Kettering Town 2
Kelly-Evans 39
Solkhon 90

Halesowen 0

Two wins in two starts for Kettering Town with Rhys Hoenes scoring all three goals has got them off to a flyer and this Saturday they have a chance to consolidate that winning start when they host Halesowen at Latimer Park. Their visitors won their opening fixture but lost away to Banbury Utd on Tuesday night so will be looking to bounce back. Kettering will also be looking for another healthy attendance after Tuesday night’s opening home fixture saw a good sized crowd at Latimer Park.

A quiet opening few minutes at Latimer Park as both team settle down into the match. The game begins to liven up as a Halesowen corner is cleared off the line and at the other end a Rowe-Turner effort is curled just wide of the target. Kettering beginning to take control as Richens fires one just over the crossbar. The visitors almost snatch one but the shot flies wide of the goal.

Goal!GOAL: Towers has a shot blocked as Kettering press in search of the opening goal. It’s been a fairly quiet first period but a little piece of trickery changes all that as Meikle’s good work is rewarded by Marcus Kelly who sides steps his marker and fires high into the net from an acute angle. Good build up and great finish, Kettering are in front.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 1   Halesowen 0

The second-half gets underway and the first action is a booking for Halesowen’s Bragoli for fouling Marcus Kelly. Kettering sitting back again as they did in previous two fixtures and the visitors are taking the game to them in search of an equaliser. Meikle is tripped up and a booking for Halesowen’s Ahmed Ali. Milnes is replaced by Andrea Borg for Kettering.

A great save from White as Roberts almost levels for Halesowen. Kettering should heed the warning and get back on their front foot, look for a second to try and kill off their visitors. Borg is fouled by Charlton and another yellow card for Halesowen. A header by Charlton flies over White’s crossbar as the visitors continue to try and get back on level terms. Kettering will need to concentrate for the final 15 minutes or so to come out with a 100% record.

Into the final 10 minutes at Latimer Park with Kettering still holding onto their slender 1-0 lead. Halesowen bring on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Brett Solkhon replaces Kelly-Evans for Poppies. The final swap for Poppies as Ben Toseland comes on for Gary Stohrer. Into time added on now as Kettering just need to see out the remaining minutes without conceding to make it three wins out-of-three.

Goal!GOAL: A late flurry of activity as Hoenes is just wide of the post and at the other end Roberts volleys wide. Deep into four minutes of time added on and Kettering wrap up the points with a goal from substitute Brett Solkhon. Toseland plays in a lovely cross and Solkhon heads in at the far post.

There goes the final whistle and it’s three wins out-of-three for Kettering as they get off to a flying start to the new season. To be honest they haven’t been that spectacular during these games but they have looked fairly solid and got the goals when it mattered and you certainly can’t complain about that. Up next Saturday is a trip to Barwell for the Poppies to hopefully continue their winning start.

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