Egham Town 0
Moody – sent off 54
Kettering Town 3
Kettering Town travel to the Runnymede Stadium on Thursday night to take on Egham Town knowing a win would move them into the top five places and put them in the driving seat for claiming a play-off spot. The Poppies only have four matches left to the end of the regular season and four wins would guarantee them a place in the play-offs. Its a tough task for the Poppies given where they were six months ago but if they can keep up the winning momentum they have a good chance of extending their season.
The match gets underway at Runnymede Stadium with McAlindon, in goal for Kettering replacing the suspended Worby, having to look alert as the home side have settled quickest on the ball in the opening few minutes. Ogbonna breaks, plays in Sandy but Gooding’s strike is straight at the keeper and is well saved.
GOAL: Kettering beginning to settle on the ball and create more chances midway through the first-half. Josh Moreman plays a cross into the area and it’s met by Chris Logan who looks up and smashes it into the net to put the Poppies 1-0 up with 27 minutes gone.
Half-time: Egham Town 0 Kettering Town 1
The second-half gets underway with the Poppies looking to build on their narrow one-goal lead. Egham player Woody is shown the yellow card as both teams battle to gain the upper-hand. Just a few minutes later and big trouble for Marcus Moody as he’s shown a second yellow and subsequently red and Egham are now down to ten men with 54 minutes gone.
Midway through the second-half and despite Kettering having a man advantage following the departure of Moody they haven’t really made an impact or looked like adding to their tally so far. Bukasa makes a last ditch tackle to deny an opening on goal for Egham and the Poppies really must shake things up as Thomas makes a substitution taking off Dubi Ogbonna and bring on Louis Hamilton. Logan is shown the yellow card for dissent.
Into the final fifteen minutes and so far the ten men of Egham are easily holding their own and threatening the Poppies defence at times although not really McAlindon in the Poppies goal. Crossley on for Joseph as the Sarnies make a change. Logan makes way for Ash Fuller as Kettering make their second change. Kettering escape a counter attack from the home side as the ball rebounds off the foot of the post with the keeper left stranded.
Ten minutes of normal time remaining and Kettering still holding onto their narrow lead and looking to make the game safe but Moreman is just beaten to the loose ball by the Sarnies keeper. A corner for Egham is pushed out by McAlindon and the ten men are still battling away to try and salvage something as a free-kick from the home side is struck high over the crossbar.
GOAL: Kettering break fast on the counter attack and Sandy crosses to Josh Moreman with a defender to beat as he easily out paces him and slips the ball into the net. That should be it now for Kettering with seconds left of normal time and it’s 2-0 to the Poppies.
GOAL: Into time added on and a corner for Kettering won by Moreman, is played in by Gooding but is eventually cleared up field by the home defence. As expected the second goal took the wind out of the sails of the home side and Kettering are finishing with a flourish. Moreman has a shot pushed out by the keeper but the ball falls to James Jepson who curls an effort into the bottom corner and it’s 3-0 to Kettering.
The final whistle and a tough one for Kettering but they eventually overcame the home side who to their credit battled away with ten men for most of the second-half. That’s 3 more points towards the play-offs as Kettering move into the top five in the league table and another away trip to Aylesbury Utd on Saturday.
Kettering Town: McAlindon, Clifton, Kinniburgh, Gooding, Eze, Bukasa, Sandy, Jepson, Ogbonna (Hamilton 54), Moreman, Logan (Fuller). Subs: Fuller, Hamilton, Muzvimbiri, Osei-Siribour.
Kettering Town have registered 22 year old forward Andrew Osei-Siribour from Arlesey Town. He goes straight into the squad for Saturday's home fixture against Royston Town.
Kettering Town have signed striker Dubi Ogbonna from from fellow Division One outfit St Ives Town.
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.
Egham Town 0
Moody - sent off 54
Kettering Town 3
Kettering Town 3
Clifton 70, 83
AFC Hayes 1
Kettering Town 2
Dunstable Town 0
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.