Dunstable Town 2
Kettering Town 3
A.O’Connor 23, 42
After Saturday’s hard fought narrow victory Kettering Town have a tough away fixture at Dunstable Town and will need all their recent good form and composure in front of goal if they are to come away with what would be a very welcome and much needed win and 3 more points in their outside race for the play-offs.
A double strike in the first half from Aaron O’Connor and the match winner from Rene Howe on 78 minutes saw Kettering run out narrow 3-2 winners away to Dunstable Town. The win was particularly well-timed with the other results on the night favouring the Poppies, as Slough were beaten away at Cinderford Town and Merthyr drew with Hitchin.
First blood went to Kettering and Aaron O’Connor who fired his side in front on 23 minutes. The lead lasted less than ten minutes as David Longe-King equalised on 32 minutes. It was Aaron O’Connor who again gave his side the lead three minutes before the half-time break. Kettering looked to be heading to the dressing rooms with a slender lead but a goal from Vences Bola on 44 minutes saw the two sides again deadlocked.
Half-time: Dunstable Town 2 Kettering Town 2
Both sides battled away to try and gain the upper hand and it was Kettering Town who took the lead for the third time on the night as Rene Howe found the net in the 78th minute and this time they held onto their lead to run out narrow 3-2 winners.
Kettering eased up into 7th spot with the win but are still 9pts off the 5th placed team and have already played a game more. They can only keep plugging away and hope there is a monumental shift in the footballing pendulum that brings them back into play-off contention. Another tough challenge on sees the visit of Chesham Utd who are right behind the Poppies only 3pts down with two games in hand, so it’s another must win for Kettering, but aren’t they all now.
Kettering Town: White, Bateman, Langdon, Solkhon, Hornby, Mulligan, Canavan, A. O’Connor, Howe, Hall, Kelly. Subs: Hicks, Jorrin, Malone, J.O’Connor.
Dunstable Town: Smith, Okito, Reynolds, Talbot, Hewitt, Pepera, Olvkanmi, D.Green, Bola, Bush, J.Green, Longe-King. Subs: Pope, Bossman, Risby, Odofin.
Kettering have received a seven-day approach notice from Hednesford Town for striker Spencer-Weir Daley.
Kettering have been drawn away to National League side Solihull Moors in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.
John Ramshaw has joined Kettering Town as part of Marcus Laws team after leaving Rugby Town where he was assistant coach to ex-Poppy Jepson before the later also departed the Valley Ground.
Kettering Town were drawn at home to Boston Utd in the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.
A fair bit of movement on the player front at Latimer Park as Marcus Law shuffles his squad.
Dunstable Town 2
Kettering Town 3
A.O'Connor 23, 42
Kettering Town 1
Kings Langley 0
Chippenham Town 1
Kettering Town 0
The winding-up petition brought against League Two side Northampton Town has been withdrawn following a court hearing on Monday.
The winding-up petition brought by HM Revenue & Customs against League Two club Northampton Town has been adjourned until 30 November. The Cobblers had been taken to court over £166,000 of unpaid taxes. Players and staff were not paid in October. The club also owe Northampton Borough Council £10.25m, which they were loaned to redevelop their Sixfields home.
Hereford Utd Football Club were wound up in the High Court after the current owner turned up late for a the hearing and failed to convince the judge he had sufficient funds in the bank to cover the club's debts.