Fragile Poppies lose 3-2 away to Marlow

Kettering TownAylesbury

Marlow 3

Kettering Town 2
Kinniburgh 67
Hall 71

Kettering Town return to league action this weekend, following a successful foray into the FA Cup last Saturday, when they travel to Marlow. The Blues suffered a 5-1 reversal in their last league outing at the hands of Aylesbury Utd and are currently sitting in 17th place in the league table.

The match gets underway at the Alfred Davis Memorial Ground with Louis Hamilton replacing the injured Jonathan Thorpe in the Poppies starting lineup. Kettering trying to settle early as Hall fires a shot high over the crossbar and Robinson heads wide of the target after getting his head to a cross from Clifton.

It’s certainly not easy for Kettering in the first 20 minutes as the home side are battling hard and McAlindon has to be alert to deny them an opener. Clifton goes down under a heavy challenge in the area but the officials wave play on. Kettering struggling to work a clear-cut opening with the final ball letting them down as the match approaches half-time, although twice Solkhon headers needed good saves from the home keeper.

Half-time:   Marlow 0   Kettering Town 0

Goal!GOAL: Kettering looking to improve their final ball and find a way past the impressive goalkeeping from the home keeper Garnes as the second-half gets underway. The Poppies are knocking on the door with Clifton firing just over from the edge of the area. At the other end a scramble in the box and the ball is poked over the line. Arguably against the run of play but the home fans won’t be bothered about that. Kettering are 1-0 down.

Goal!GOAL: Kettering make their first change as Josh Moreman replaces Ash Robinson and push two up front. Hull has react quickly to rescue an error by his team mates or Kettering could easily have been two down and at the other end Clifton fires past the upright. Steve Kinninburgh races forward from the back and fires an absolute screamer into the net from 25 yards out. It’s 1-1.

Goal!GOAL: Jonathon Bukasa replaces Louis Hamilton as Kettering make their second change. Kettering buoyed by thei equaliser push fporward and Andy Gooding plays in Andy Hall who half-volleys past keeper Garnes and into the net. A great response from Kettering after going a goal behind.

Goal!GOAL: Oh dear that was a total lapse in concentration by Kettering after they took the lead. Almost straight from the restart they are pegged back as a cross to the far past in slotted home way too easily. I’m not sure what is happening at the back today but we’re certainly not looking our normally solid defensive unit.

Kettering make their final change as Alfie Taylor replaces Dubi Ogbonna up front. Taylor makes his presence felt almost immediately but keeper Garnes saves his shot. The home side battling away and Kettering will have to dig into their reserves as Moreman fires wide of the target with time running out. At the other end a superb save from McAlindon keeps his side from falling behind in the closing minutes.

Goal!GOAL: The Poppies defence again carved open and found wanting as the home side press forward. The ball is cut back across the goal from out wide and the shot beats McAlindon and into the net. 3-2 to Marlow and Kettering not looking so impressive at the back as previous matches today.

Credit to the home side who haven’t backed down from their aggressive play today and Kettering have looked uncharacteristically fragile at the back, conceding three fairly simple goals. Another defeat to a side near the bottom of the table and Kettering not firing on all cylinders today have to put their hands up and admit they can (and will need to) do a lot better if they are to win the league.


Kettering Town: McAlindon, Clifton, Kinniburgh, Gooding, Hull, Lee, Hamilton (Bukasa), Solkhon, Ogbonna (Taylor), Robinson (Moreman), Hall. Unused Subs: Liburd, Marsh.

Marlow: Garnes, Davies, Massaquoi, Knight, Scott, Bailey, Romeo, Whittingham, Barney, Holder-Spooner, Parrott. Subs: Sankoh, Ferdinand, Salmon, Simpson, Grant.


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