Struggling Poppies win first league home game, 3-1 over Weymouth

WeymouthKettering Town

Kettering Town 3
O’Connor 66
Solkhon 85
Canavan 90

Weymouth 1
Tarbuck 12

The dismal home results continued for Kettering Town on Tuesday night but they managed to rescue a point from two-goals down and this Saturday they host Weymouth at Latimer Park hoping to change their recent disappointing run. The Poppies have slumped to 17th place in the table and although the Terras are only three places higher they do have a good away record so far this season.

Goal!GOAL: The match gets underway at Latimer Park with the home side settling quickly as Canavan fires just over the crossbar. The hopes for a first home league victory don’t last long for the Poppies faithful as the Terras take the lead on 12 minutes through debutant Bradley Tarbuck.

Its still early days but if Kettering want that vital first home league win to halt the slump they’re going to have to do it the hard way and come from behind. You can’t fault them for trying but at the moment they just can’t find that crucial finish in front of goal that the pressure warrants. Aaron O’Connor is booked for a foul on 19 minutes as Kettering battle away to get back on level terms after conceding that early goal.

Dan Thomas is shown the yellow card for Terras and Liam Canavan follows O’Connor into the referee’s notebook who has obviously decided Kettering are battling a little too much for his liking. A great save from Terras keeper Dan Thomas as Kettering finally begin to find their shooting boots and perhaps unlucky not to be back on level terms. Another good save from thomas as Weymouth haold onto their slender lead at the half-time break.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 0   Weymouth 1

The second half gets underway at Latimer Park and it could be a big half for under-pressure Poppies boss Marcus Law who will be looking for his side to apply the necessary finish to the pressure they applied to the Terras goal in the first 45 minutes. Its a fairly quiet start to the second 45 minutes and the home side will need to pick up the tempo here if they are to get anything out of this one let alone the elusive win.

Goal!GOAL: A shot flashes over the visitor’s crossbar but still waiting for that key goal for Poppies. The visitors make the first change as Fleetwood replaces Wannell on 63 minutes. The Poppies are finally level and it’s Aaron O’Connor who has scored the vital goal to make it 1-1 on 66 minutes.

Goal!GOAL: Can Kettering kick-on and go for the win. Heading into the final ten minutes of normal time and Hicks is replaced by Westwood for Poppies. This could be it, Brett Solkhon puts Kettering 2-1 up in the 85th minute and its fully deserved. Now can they hold on for what would be a huge win that could turn around their season and get them back on track.

Weymouth swap out Copp for Dan Smith with less than 5 minutes remaining of normal time. Weir-Daley comes on to replace Aaron O’Connor who has certainly played his part for the Poppies today. Into time added on at Latimer Park with the home support poised to celebrate what will be a big, big win if Kettering can hold onto their slender lead for another three minutes.

Goal!GOAL: They do more than hold on, Kettering have scored a third and with it a first home league win of the season. Liam Canavan is the goal scorer but the whole team celebrates and the home support will be delighted and relieved, none more so than Poppies boss Marcus Law. There goes the final whistle, huge relief and Kettering have finally got the monkey off their back. Well done lads, time to kick-start the season!

Att: 542

Kettering Town: Snedker, Langdon, Solkhon, Haran, Hicks, Bradshaw, Carvalho, Rowe, O’Connor, Canavan, Brighton, Subs: McAlindon, Weir-Daley, Stephens, Kinninburgh, Westwood.

Weymouth: Thomas, Cooper, Wannell, Brooks, Evans, Stephane, Lowes, Davis, Tarbuck, Thompson, D.Smith. Subs: Molesley, Tetton, Fleetwood, Cope, Matthews.


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