Leighton Town 3
Watson 2 pen
Kettering Town 1
Kettering Town make their second away outing of the new season when they visit Leighton Town on Tuesday night with the Poppies having won three-out-of-three and topping the table. Its early days of course but compared to last season its an excellent start to their title ambitions. Leighton Town are themselves unbeaten, but started with two draws before an impressive 3-0 away win at Bedford Town on Saturday and the Poppies will need to be fired up as they have been in their previous two fixtures to come away with a win and three more points.
Kettering got off to a shaky start when a poorly-timed tackle from Clifton saw the home side awarded a penalty which was promptly fired under the diving Bennion in the Poppies goal and into the net. 1-0 down with hardly any time for the fans to have taken their seats in the stands.
Several chances for both sides but Kettering lacked their usual cohesive play and were particularly were guilty of squandering their clearer-cut opportunities as the second-half came to a close. Andy Hall struck the crossbar but despite fewer chances the home side could have been further in front if Bennion had not been alert to their counter attacks.
Half-time: Leighton Town 1 Kettering Town 0
Kettering were again way too slow to come out of the starting gate and fell further behind soon after the restart when a ball into the area was allowed to find the Leighton striker who was first denied by Bennion but followed up his own strike to slot it into the net to make it 2-0. The home side almost made it three but a good strike cannoned back off the crossbar.
At this point it was difficult to see Kettering making a comeback as they looked a shadow of the side that had won their first three matches. Worse was to come when Nicholls made it 3-0 to Leighton and the game was effectively over as a contest. Kettering did try to shake things up with some substitutions but were left with a consolation goal in the shape of Andy Hall’s strike with 13 minutes remaining to make it 3-1.
Some poor officiating throughout but Leighton fully deserved their victory as they harried and out-fought the Poppies who just didn’t seem to have that team mentality that they have showed so well in previous matches. Perhaps a timely reminder we have no divine right to win the league and will need to work harder if the games sometimes aren’t going our way. Next up are North Greenford Utd who visit Latimer park on Saturday.
Kettering Town: Bennion, Clifton, Hull, Crowie, Kinniburgh, Oulton, Gooding, Solkhon, Hall, Moreman, Ogbonna. Subs: Marsh, Robinson, Taylor, Thorpe, Bukasa.
Kettering Town FC have unveiled an ambitious plan to move back into the Borough with the targeted location being the site of the now closed Avondale Schools.
The transfer of Ross Oulton from Daventry Town was confirmed and goalkeeper Nick Bennion from St Ives also comes to the Poppies as Alastair Worby is unsure of his availability for the coming season due to work commitments.
Poppies Club President Sid Chapman has passed away after a long illness. Sid was a life-long Poppies fan and has been associated with the Poppies in some way or another for many decades, including a long spell as groundsman at Rockingham Rd.
Former Poppy Brett Solkhon has agreed non-contract terms with Kettering Town for the coming season.
Kettering Town have registered 22 year old forward Andrew Osei-Siribour from Arlesey Town. He goes straight into the squad for Saturday's home fixture against Royston Town.
Egham Town 0
Kettering Town 3
Gooding 4 pen
Kettering Town 5
Ogbonna 2, 18, 31pen
Kettering Town 2
Aylesbury Utd 1
Coventry City follow in the footsteps of the Poppies as they prepare to leave their current landlords at Ricoh Arena and groundshare at Sixfields, home of Northampton Town ..
Pompey's administrator Trevor Birch promptly issued a statement branding the League's decision "very harsh" and hopes it can be reversed. He said: "We are extremely disappointed that the Football League has decided to impose yet another penalty on the club.
This Saturday 7th July, Poppies Radio will be broadcasting live from Nene Park to cover the new season's opening friendly fixture against Southend Manor.