Poppies 4-1winners away to ten men Dorchester Town, lose out on play-offs

Kettering TownDorchester Town

Dorchester Town 1
Holmes 16
Clarke sent off

Kettering Town 4
Lander 5 og
Brighton 13
Howe 39
Solkhon 90

The final game of the regular season sees Kettering Town make a journey to Dorchester Town To try and claim the final spot in the end-of-season play-offs. They must not only win, but rely on Hungerford beating Leamington and Weymouth not over taking them on goal difference. If Kettering can manage to pull off the win and results go for them elsewhere, it will be a remarkable turnaround from the disappointment of their defeat at Redditch Utd on Monday night that looked to have killed off their chances. The incredible 7-0 win on Thursday night has set up this end of season drama for the Poppies faithful.

Goal!GOAL: The match gets underway at the Avenue Stadium with Kettering looking for that vital win and hoping its enough to extend their season. Kettering knocking on the door early as Howe heads wide. Ben Stephens picks the ball up runs past the keeper and squares for defender Henry Lander to put in his own net. 1-0 and a great start for Kettering.

Goal!GOAL: A corner for the home side but the Poppies easily clear. Kettering have a free-kick out wide on the left. Its swung over by James Brighton and clears the crowd of players in the box to find the far side of the net. Its 13 minutes gone and Kettering are 2-0 up and looking good for their part.

Goal!GOAL: You can’t take your eye off this one. A counter attack from Dorchester and Hill is over exposed. He makes the first save but Toby Holmes follows up and taps in the rebound. A costly reminder for Kettering to keep switched on as its still way too early in this match.

Goal!GOAL: Almost an instant response from Poppies as Canavan’s long range effort rebounds off the crossbar. Canavan turns provider by Carvalho’s shot is saved. Stephens through ball was smashed home by Rene Howe and Kettering are 3-1 up and firing on all cylinders.

This could be a key moment in the match as Dorchester are reduced to ten men. Ben Stephens gets fouled, says something to Franklyn Clarke who then puts his hadn into Stephens face. A silly exchange that the referee has no hesitation in producing the red card for Clarke. Kettering are going for the jugular as Canavan has two efforts saved and a third just wide of the target.

Half-time:   Dorchester Town 1   Kettering Town 3

Goal!GOAL: A much quieter second-half as all eyes were turned on fixtures elsewhere. Into time added on and Kettering made it 4-1 when Brett Solkhon got on the score sheet for what turned out to be the Poppies final goal of this season. Leamington managed to gain the point they needed and Kettering fail to make the play-offs.

It was a fantastic run for the second-half of the season and they almost made it. A couple of better performances ahainst lower opposition wouldve seen them coast into the play-offs, however it was not to be and nothing should be taken away from a great all round effort.

Att: 507

Kettering Town: Hill; Bateman, Solkhon, Carruthers, Brighton; Carvalho, Pepe-N’Goma, Canavan, Stephens; Howe, Obeng. Subs: Baker, Popa, Bradshaw, Cotton, Grocott.

Dorchester Town:


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