Taylor strike gives Poppies deserved 1-0 win at home to Daventry Town

Daventry TownKettering Town

Kettering Town 1
Taylor 82

Daventry Town 0

Kettering Town host an early season ‘battle of the title contenders’ on Bank Holiday Monday as 3rd takes on 4th when Daventry Town are the visitors to Latimer Park. The Poppies will certainly need to be quicker out of the blocks against Daventry than they were on Saturday, although a good second-half performance has hopefully settled them back into a more cohesive unit for what will undoubtedly be a tough encounter.

The match gets underway on a wet pitch after recent downpours with Kettering in their familiar red and black and their visitors in purple and white. The home side pressing early on and the visitors coming back into it as both sides settle into what will no doubt be a very competitive fixture early on in a long season.

Midway through the first-half and still deadlocked at 0-0. Both sides having decent chances but a lack of clinical finishing has so far prevented an opening goal. The clearest opening so far perhaps falling to the visitors No.10, clean through on goal but he scuffed his shot wide with only McAlindon to beat. At this stage it could be either team that breaks the deadlock as they appear fairly evenly matched.

The rain continuing to pour down at Latimer Park with the match heading towards the break as Ross Oulton’s strike just clears the crossbar. Moreman slips the ball inside to Solkhon and his low strike flashes just past the upright as the Poppies are now beginning to apply the pressure on the visitor’s goal. Ross Oulton is shown the yellow card for a foul.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 0   Daventry Town 0

The second-half gets underway with no changes from either side at the break. Kettering gradually starting to dominate as the game progresses and Andy Hall in particular is starting to make good inroads to the visitor’s defence. Alfie Taylor enters the match and almost has an immediate impact but the keeper manages to get down and palm his strike round the post.

Goal!GOAL: A free-kick for Kettering and Alfie Taylor steps up to drive a low strike past the keeper and into the bottom corner of the net. It’s been coming for a while as the home side have been continually pressing the visitor’s goal, and finally, Kettering have broken the deadlock on 82 minutes.

Into time added on and there’ goes the final whistle. A hard fought but fully deserved victory in trying weather conditions from a Poppies side who got better as the match progressed. The win and 3pts sends them back to the top of the league table heading into Saturday’s FA Cup Preliminary fixture away to Cogenhoe Utd on Saturday.

Att: 648

Kettering Town: McIlindon, Clifton, Eze, Hull, Kinniburgh, Thorpe, Gooding, Solkhon, Hall, Oulton, Moreman. Subs: Taylor, Liburd, Hamilton, Bukasa, Robinson.

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