Poppies Keeper White sent off in 3-1 win at home to Chesham Utd

Chesham UtdKettering Town

Kettering Town 3
A.O’Connor 13, 90
White sent-off 18
Stevens 78

Chesham Utd 1
Beavans 53

It’s back from progressing safely through in the FA Cup to the pursuit of league promotion for Kettering Town as they host Chesham Utd at Latimer Park on Saturday. The Poppies are currently in 3rd place after six wins in sevens starts but the competition for promotion places this season has started off at a fierce pace with many teams in contention. Chesham Utd have had a somewhat rocky start with three wins and a draw, currently lying in 14th place, but rarely fail to give Poppies a tough encounter.

The match is underway at Latimer Park with the visitors settling quickly and the home side taking their time to get into this one so far. Poppies finally getting to grips with the match as a shot from Meikle hits the upright. Kettering really starting to pile on the pressure after that quiet opening five minutes settling into the match.

Goal!GOAL: O’Connor turns and fires a shot goal-wards but it’s tipped over the crossbar for a corner. The corner is met by the head of Aaron O’Connor and into the back of the net. Poppies 1-0 on 13 minutes. Poppies attack looking very dangerous today against Chesham.

Just when the home fans looked all set to enjoy the afternoon, it all falls apart. Poppies goal keeper Paul White gets shown the red card and off he goes to the dressing room. There was a corner for Chesham, some shoving and jostling in the box and down went a Chesham player. The referee had no hesitation and no protests from White, straight red. With no backup keeper on the bench, Brett Solkhon will be donning the gloves.

They have a 1-0 start but down to ten men and having to shuffle their line up to cover the gaps. It could be a long afternoon for the home fans. O’Connor has a half-chance after a blunder by Chesham keeper but the shot is blocked. It’s no time for Kettering to sit back even with a man disadvantage. A Poppies corner eventually finds the head of Hoenes but the header hits the bar and goes over.

Berry is booked for a foul as the temperature heats up on the field at Latimer Park. A very close call for Kettering as a shot by Osobu is deflected off the upright and Solkhon claims the rebound. The visitors trying to take control of the game with the man advantage but Kettering are doing more than trying to hold onto their as O’Connor lobs the keeper but defender clears off the line. Three minutes added time by the officials.watch.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 1   Chesham Utd 0

Goal!GOAL: The second-half gets underway with the ten men Kettering outfit in all red looking to do more than just survive this next 45 minutes and still looking for the win. Chesham take a quick free-kick a long way out before Kettering get set and Solkhon is caught off his line by Matt Beavans to make it 1-1 on 53 minutes.

Solkhon guilty of not paying attention there and his side are pegged back with a long way to go before this one is over. The visitors looking to keep their momentum going and they switch out Bates for Hutton on 56 minutes. Poppies boss Law giving the officials an earful as he’s feeling a little bit underwhelmed by their contribution so far this afternoon. Corners at both ends but nothing comes of them, still locked at 1-1.

Both teams switch out players as Sundire having had a good game is replaced by Stohrer and Osobu is replaced by Swales for Chesham on 67 minutes. More fresh legs for Poppies as Stevens comes on for Hoenes on 70 minutes. O’Connor shown the yellow card by the busy official. Kettering still not dead yet as Toseland gets onto a Meikle cross and forces a great save from Chesham keeper Aldroubi.

Goal!GOAL: Would you believe it! After looking up against it for most of the match when keeper White was sent off, Kettering have taken a 2-1 lead. O’Connor plays in substitute Matt Stevens and he fires home on 78 minutes. Stevens is booked by the referee for over-celebrating but he won’t mind too much.

As you’d probably expect, Chesham were stung by that goal and are desperate to get something out of this one with their man advantage for the majority of the game. Kettering will do well to hang onto this lead with ten minutes of normal time remaining. Poppies make their final change as Bateman replaces Meikle on 87 minutes. Kettering hoping to see out this one for what would be an excellent win under the circumstances.

Goal!GOAL: Into three minutes added on time and holding onto a precious 2-1 lead at Latimer Park as the visitors waste an opportunity. That should do it! Unbelievable as Aaron O’Connor makes it 3-1 to Kettering in time added on, game over. Great attitude and fully deserved win.

Att: 598

Kettering Town: White, Berry, Toseland, Solkhon, Mulligan, Sundire, Hoenes, A.O’Connor, Howe, Milenes, Meikle. Subs: Baker, Bateman, Stevens, Stohrer, Brighton.

Chesham Utd: Aldroubi, Crilley, Dhillon, Beavans, Locke, Pepera, Bates, Watkins, Toomey, Cathline, Osobu. Subs: Bush, Green, Hutton, Reynolds, Swales.

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