Kettering Town 3
Ogbonna 16, 57, 66
Kettering Town play the first of three league fixtures away from home at the start of December as they take on Marlow on Tuesday night looking to put pressure of the top teams heading into the holiday period. Marlow were promoted after winning the Hellenic League last season and have won three of their last four league fixtures. Losing just once in the league at home this season they are currently lying 14th in the table. They also recently lost the services of midfielder Ben Gladwin who signed for League outfit Swindon Town.
GOAL: The match gets underway at the Alfred Davis stadium as the home side kicks off and the first effort from Tom Moran is high and wide of the target as Poppies keeper Hinds watches closely. Kettering counter with Deqwon Ebanks partnering recent signing Dubi Ogbonna up front. It’s Ebanks who puts a good effort on target and the keeper can’t hold the shot as Dubi Ogbonna nips in to make it 1-0 to Kettering.
Ebanks looking very lively as he’s brought down by Richards and Kettering win a free kick. It’s swung in by Akubuine and Fuller’s strike is well held this time by the Marlow keeper. Hamilton plays in Ogbonna and he wins a corner for the Poppies who are really pressuring the home side after going a goal to the good. Jepson meets the corner with his head but a good save by the keeper Grant saves his side from going two-down. Fuller flashes another strike just past the upright as Kettering are dominating.
Kinninburgh blocks one effort and the follow up is well held by Hinds in the Poppies goal. Bennett crosses and Marlow win a corner that’s swung into the area but after a scramble Kettering manage to clear. Quickly up to the other end and Kettering win a corner. It’s swung in by Hamilton but Jepson can’t quite connect and it’s cleared. Ogbonna twists and turns just inside the area but his eventual shot is well saved by Marlow keeper Grant.
Another corner for Kettering as they continue to press and again Hamilton swings it in but it’s scrambled off the line by a Marlow defender. Fuller swings the ball in but Ogbonna can’t connect cleanly as keeper Grant collects and clears up the field. Kinninburgh clears off the line from Romeo as Marlow have their best chance to draw level during a good spell. Hamilton tries to lob the keeper but Grant is alert and saves well as Kettering counter.
Into the final five minutes of the first-half and Kettering still lead by that Ogbonna strike on 16 minutes despite several clear chances at either end. Hull does well to block a Marlow strike as Romeo does well to make space for a shot but drifts a cross wide of the target. Lee-Brown just manages to stick a boot out to deny Ebanks a shot on goal and Hamilton crosses from out wide but it clears the goal as Kettering finish the half on a strong note.
Half-time: Marlow 0 Kettering Town 1
The second-half gets underway with no changes from either side but Kettering straight on the attack and pressuring the home goal. A first Marlow substitution comes early in the second period as Sam Whiting replaces Jonathon Bennett who looks to have picked up a hamstring injury. A good interchange between Fuller and Ogbonna wins a corner, swung in by Hamilton but Grant comes out to collect the cross and avert the danger for Marlow.
GOAL: The ball is played forward and a miss-kick by a Marlow defender allows Dubi Ogbonna a clear run at goal an the Poppies triker makes no mistake as he fires past Grant and into the net. With 57 minutes gone on the clock Kettering are 2-0 up. A second substitution for Marlow takes place shortly after the goal.
GOAL: Kettering make a change as Jake Newman comes on to replace Ash Fuller shortly after the hour mark. The home side on the attack and some poor defending from a free-kick allows a clear sight of goal and Hinds is beaten by Danny Lingwood. Poppies manager Dean Thomas is berating his defence but Marlow have pulled a goal back.
GOAL: A good ball through leaves the home defence looking very static as Dubi Ogbonna races towards goal and although his first effort is blocked by a defender on the line he jumps up to poke the ball home for his hat-trick. It’s 3-1 to the Poppies. Deqwon Ebanks makes way for Andy Gooding for Kettering.
A rampant Ogbonna running circles round the home defence but this time Grant makes a good save in the home goal. Into the final fifteen minutes of normal time as Hull heads a dangerous cross behind for a Marlow corner which Kettering eventually clear. Newman rounds a defender but a bobble denies a clear strike and it goes wide of the target.
Ogbonna races clear again but his first strike is saved by Grant and the follow up cross is played in by Jepson and Kettering have won a penalty as Ogbonna is brought down in the area. Louis Hamilton steps up and the Poppies penalty the strikes again as Simon Grant makes a superb save despite a good strike by Hamilton and a chance to put the game beyond doubt is wasted. Kettering have failed to score five times from the penalty spot this season, perhaps something for manager Dean Thomas to work on?
Newman races through one-on-one with Grant and the keeper makes yet another good save. Whittingham comes on as Marlow make their final substitution with time running out and Kettering leading 3-1. Marlow still not giving up and Gooding concedes a corner but then clears as it’s played into the area. Ogbonna twists and turns and Grant makes another superb save in the home goal. Hamilton doesn’t connect cleanly and Grant gets an easy shot to save this time.
Into stoppage time as Dubi Ogbonna is replaced to good applause from the traveling Poppies support and Harry Beckley comes on and almost scores with his first touch but is somehow judged to be offside. Hinds makes a good save to deny a grandstand finish as play switches from end to end. The final whistle brings the game to an end after a tremendous display in the Marlow goal by Grant still can’t deny a convincing 3-1 win by Kettering Town with a hat-trick by Dubi Ogbonna.
Kettering Town: Hinds, Akubuine, Kinniburgh, Logan, Bukasa, Hull, Hamilton, Jepson, Ogbonna (Beckley 90), Ebanks (Gooding 70), Fuller (Newman 62). Unused Subs: None.
Marlow: Grant, Ovenden, Lee-Brown, Moran (Howell 58), Richards, Lingwood, Romeo, Hatton (Whittingham 85), Bartley, Davies, Bennett (Whiting 49). Unused Subs: Gill.
Winding up petition officially dismissed » According to the official announcement on the club website, "... the winding up petition originally brought by HMR&C and taken over by Rushden and Diamonds 2008 Limited, has today been dismissed following full payment having been made."
Striker Scott Cross, who made his debut and scored a goal for the Poppies in the 2-1 defeat at AFC Hayes has re-signed for Daventry Town, while Kettering have signed central defender/midfielder Tommy Hull from Barton Rovers.
The long history of Kettering Town Football Club looks like its set to continue following the successful appeal of the winding up order in the High Court today.
A statement from the club: "Kettering Town F C Management Limited was successful in its request to appeal the winding up order made last week, and an appeal date has been set for 7th October.
Poppies receive winding up order in court » As announced on the Official website: "The Club learned today that Kettering Town F C Management Limited was wound up in the Royal Courts of Justice by virtue of the Winding Up Order brought about by Rushden and Diamonds 2008 Limited. The Club’s lawyers had requested another adjournment of this case today.
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Ogbonna 16, 57, 66
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sent-off Jake Todd 90
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Coventry City follow in the footsteps of the Poppies as they prepare to leave their current landlords at Ricoh Arena and groundshare at Sixfields, home of Northampton Town ..
Pompey's administrator Trevor Birch promptly issued a statement branding the League's decision "very harsh" and hopes it can be reversed. He said: "We are extremely disappointed that the Football League has decided to impose yet another penalty on the club.
This Saturday 7th July, Poppies Radio will be broadcasting live from Nene Park to cover the new season's opening friendly fixture against Southend Manor.