Ten-man Poppies lose 3-1 at home to Dunstable Town

Dunstable TownKettering Town

Kettering Town 1
Carvalho 3
Howe sent-off 17

Dunstable Town 3
Bossman 65
Hutchinson 68pen
Cathline 90pen

Still looking for their first league win at home, Kettering Town are hoping to produce some of their better away form as they host high-flying Dunstable Town at Latimer Park. Dunstable currently sit in 2nd spot in the table only behind Slough on goal difference and have been beaten just once in the league so far this season, although they did exit the FA Cup on Saturday going down 2-1 at Canvey Island.

Goal!GOAL: The match gets underway at Latimer Park with Solkhon on the bench alongside Canavan and paul White between the posts for the Poppies. Kettering looking like they mean business as Weir-Daley is closed down by Smith. Another good move and this time Brighton finds Wilson Carvalho who slots the ball past Smith and into the net. Great start for Kettering, 1-0 up with just 3 minutes gone.

Smith gets down sharply to deny Weir-Daley as Kettering dictating the play early on. Drama in the 17th minute as Kettering are reduced to 10-men with the red card shown to Rene Howe who was spotted using his elbow by the referee. Green made a meal of it but the referee playing to the letter of the law and Kettering have 70 minutes to play with a man down.

Marcus Law switches his formation to leave Weir-Daley up front on his own as Hicks fires over the crossbar. Kettering are doing their best to make up for the man down and Weir-Daley should have increased their lead but slices the ball wide from close-in after Smith could only parry the effort from Hornby. Handball as Sonuga is booked but the free-kick is deflected for a corner which Malone heads wide of the target.

The visitors getting a little scrappy as Longe-King joins his team mate in the referee’s notebook. A rare effort from Dunstable as Bush smashes the ball over the crossbar. The half-time whistle brings a chance for Marcus Law to reshuffle his 10 men but so far Kettering looking much the better side and should have been more than a single goal up. Still 45 minutes left though for Kettering to play with a man disadvantage.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 1   Dunstable Town 0

The second-half gets underway at Latimer Park, can ten-man Kettering keep up this pace for another 45 minutes? A very quiet start to the second period which is favouring the Poppies as they try to protect their slender lead. O’Connor comes on to replace Weir-Daley on the hour mark who deserves a rest having lead the Poppies line solo. Dunstable make a change as Jack Green replaces Jack Smith on 61 minutes.

Goal!GOAL: Another change for Dunstable as Bossman comes on the to replace Longe-King. The substitute Kelvin Bossman makes an instant impact as he fires the visitors back on level terms at 1-1. Poppies switch out Brighton for Mohammed.

Goal!GOAL: Its all going horribly wrong for Kettering now as they go 2-1 down after being 1-0 up for so long, but perhaps inevitable that they couldn’t sustain the pace with a man disadvantage for the whole 70 minutes. Malone trips up Cathline in the area, the referee points to the spot. Up steps Jack Hutchinson to make it 2-1 on 68 minutes.

A final change for Poppies as Canavan replaces Hicks. Can Kettering shake off the disappointment and fight their way back into this one in the final twenty minutes or so. Hard enough with 11 men, but having already played the best part of an hour with only ten men it could prove a mountain to climb.

It looks like another gift for Dunstable as the referee points to the penalty spot. It was virtually a replay of the earlier incident. Cathline again brought down by Malone in the area which earns the Poppies player a yellow card. It’s not going to be a replay of the goal though as a superb diving save from Paul White denies Hutchinson this time. Still 2-1 with just over 5 minutes remaining.

Goal!GOAL: Heading towards the final few minutes and a comeback from the visitors that was perhaps inevitable after the Poppies battled hard for so long with a man disadvantage. Its a third penalty for Dunstable as White is adjudged to have brought down Hutchinson. This time it’s Alexander Cathline who takes it and makes no mistake to make it 3-1 and Kettering are heading for another home defeat.

Time running out for Kettering at Latimer Park. Bitter disappointment after a great start when they took an early lead and were dominating the game but were punished for Rene Howe’s indiscretion with two goals in three minutes. It could have been worse but for Paul White’s heroics to save the second penalty. In the end it turns out to be the third home defeat for Kettering. A man sent off and three penalties awarded against you, not much going right for Kettering today.

Att: 562

Kettering Town: White, Hornby, Mulligan, Malone, Langdon, Bateman, Carvalho, Weir-Daley, Howe, Hicks, Brighton. Subs: Canavan, Howell, Mohammed, O’Connor, Solkhon.

Dunstable Town: Smith, Reynolds, Dhillion, D.Green, Sonuga, Debayo, Hutchinson, Longe-King, Bush, Cathline, Keenleyside. Subs: J.Green, Talbot, Odofin, Bossman.


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