Carvalho strike gives Poppies 1-0 win at home to leaders Poole Town

Poole TownKettering Town

Kettering Town 1
Carvalho 63

Poole Town 0

The opening fixture of the season saw Kettering Town lose 1-0 away to Poole Town who are the visitors to Latimer Park on Saturday afternoon. The Dolphins currently lead the table and ran out emphatic 7-0 winners away to Histon on Tuesday after scoring five goals in 15 minutes. The Poppies defence will need to be at their best and the improved front line will need their scoring boots on to stand any chance of avenging that opening day defeat. Mulligan is suspended for today’s game and new signing Walker starts on the bench.

Today’s game goes ahead following the 10am pitch inspection, it’s a little muddy but no standing water. The match gets underway and an early corner for the visitors is easily cleared by the home defence. Poole pressing in the opening minutes and Hill makes a good stop as Devlin breaks clear of the Poppies back line. Canavan’s long range effort is comfortably held by Hutchings in the Dolphins’ goal.

Play has calmed down a little after a lively opening period as the two teams battle for control on a muddy pitch. 17 minutes gone and Kettering have a penalty. Canavan is brought down by Hutchings, referee points to the spot and sparks a melee. Yellow cards being brandished like confetti as Walker, Hutchings and Pettefer go into the referee’s notebook for Poole. After all the drama up steps Howe but the goalkeeper guesses right and makes the save. A golden opportunity wasted for Kettering.

Bateman concedes a free kick as he fouls Devlin, curled in by Burbidge but Solkhon heads it clear. At the other end, Canavan pulls his effort just wide of the target. Back to the other end and this time it’s Bateman who blasts over the Poppies crossbar from distance. Sandy almost in but the through ball from Pep N’Goma is gathered at the second attempt by the alert Hutchings. Into time added on at the end of the first-half, plenty of drama but in patches, will Kettering rue that penalty miss when the full-time whistle sounds.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 0   Poole Town 0

It looks like the second-half will be delayed 20 minutes as there is an injury to one of the referee’s assistants. The second-half finally gets underway at Latimer Park as Kettering win an early free-kick but Carvalho’s ball is easily collected by Hutchings. The match has gone a little quiet again in difficult conditions, a very wet and windy Latimer Park with a slippery playing surface. A free-kick by Devlin is drilled in low but Hill gets down well to comfortably save. Kettering pick up their first yellow card and it’s Carruthers the culprit with an hour gone after a delayed restart.

Goal!GOAL: Burbidge’s effort is caught by the wind but doesn’t trouble Hill in the Poppies goal. Kettering take the lead on 23 minutes when Batemen plays in Wilson Carvalho who ghosts past his marker and squeezes his shot past Hutchings from a tight angle. The home fans quite rightly celebrate their teams opener but still a long way to go in a very close encounter so far.

Poole make their first change on 76 minutes as Holmes replaces Tallack. Plenty of play around the middle of the park but neither side able to get seize control as we head into the final ten minutes of normal time. Burbidge plays in Roberts on 83 minutes but his effort is saved by the alert Hill in the Poppies goal. A great chance for Carvalho to make it 2-0 when he’s played in by Canavan, but he smashes it over the crossbar with a clear sight on goal.

Into the final 5 minutes at Latimer Park, can Kettering hold on for what would be a very impressive victory. Poole trying their hardest to get the goal back as Burbidge breaks clear but Hill races out and makes a vital block. Into four minutes of stoppage time. Kettering only need to hold out for the final few seconds to claim the 3pts and the crucial win.

Devlin picks up a yellow for Poole. There goes the final whistle and delight for the home support after their team claims victory over the league leaders. A great result and a huge boost for Marcus Law and his players and it will no doubt raise a few eyebrows around the rest of the Premier Division.

Att: 525

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

Poole Town: Hutchings, Tallack, Lindsay, Walker, Spetch, Pettefer, Burbidge, Devlin, Roberts, Brooks, Dickson. Subs: Connell, Rees, Holmes, Whisken, Gillespie.


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