Poppies run out comfortable 3-0 winners at home to Chesham Utd

Chesham UtdKettering Town

Kettering Town 3
Carvalho 20
Brighton 24
Howe 34

Chesham Utd 0

Kettering Town have another opportunity to gain some ground in the table when they host Chesham Utd at Latimer Park on Tuesday night. The Poppies hung in on Saturday to earn a well-deserved point, albeit deep into stoppage time at Pennydarren Park, which showed the desire and strength of character that will be needed to improve their recent run of inconsistent results. Chesham are currently languishing in 19th place but are only 4pts behind the Poppies with a game in hand. They are also having a good run in the FA Cup and perhaps understandably may have one eye on their upcoming 2nd Round tie away to Bradford City.

Goal!GOAL: Three first-half goals were enough to provide a good cushion for Kettering to record a fairly comfortable victory at home to Chesham Utd and move the Poppies back into the top ten league places. Kettering had to soak up some early pressure from their visitors in the first 15 minutes or so before they began to take control. It was Saturday’s hero Wilson Carvalho who picked up where he left off with a headed goal from Bateman’s cross to make it 1-0 on 20 minutes.

Goal!GOAL: Just four minutes later and Kettering had doubled their lead. After good build up play the ball was played into the feet of James Brighton and his shot across goal found the far corner to make it 2-0 to Kettering with just 24 minutes gone.

The visitors sparked back into life and began to press to get back into the match, but a header from Fenton crashed back off the crossbar and Hill made a fine save from Little who put the follow up wide of the target.

Goal!GOAL: A minute later and Kettering made them pay for their missed opportunities in front of goal. The through ball found Carvalho who brought a good save from Gore. From the resulting corner, swung in Brighton, Rene Howe cemented a triumphant return to the Poppies as he reacted quicker than the defender to smash the ball home at the far post.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 3   Chesham Utd 0

The second-half started much as the first, with the visitors on the offensive as Little’s strike was blocked by Bateman and Beasant fired high over the crossbar. Hill made a good save from Blake as Kettering continued to soak up the pressure. Grocott replaced Canavan on 70 minutes and Kettering had a couple of chances as Howe, obviously enjoying his return, forced a save from Gore and Carvalho shot over the crossbar.

Wadkins headed wide for Chesham and at the other end Grocott curled an effort over the crossbar. Wadkins again couldn’t hit the target and Kettering almost made it 4-0 as Carvalho raced clear but Gore made a good save. Good build up play saw Grocott take a return from Carvalho but couldn’t find the target. The final whistle saw Kettering run out fairly comfortable winners after a very productive three goal in 15 minutes of the first half.

Kettering can quite rightly go into Saturday’s home fixture with Poole with a little more confidence, but with Poole winning 7-0 away at Histon tonight it will be a real indicator as to how much improvement has been made in the last week or so. Kettering will undoubtedly be the underdog but if they play to their current potential have no need to fear their table topping opponents on Saturday.

Att: 401

Kettering Town: Hill, Bateman, Carruthers, Solkhon (c), Mulligan, Pepe-N’Goma, Carvalho, Sandy, Howe, Canavan, Brighton. Subs: Gooding, Grocott, Langdon, Ogbonna, Stevens.

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