Poppies 2-0 winners at home to league strugglers Cinderford Town

Cinderford TownKettering Town

Kettering Town 2
O’Connor 8
Solkhon 10

Cinderford Town 0

Following Tuesday night’s postponement Kettering Town are looking to reproduce a winning display at home to league strugglers and rock bottom outfit Cinderford Town on Saturday. Kettering will arguably not get a better opportunity to gain 3 more points heading towards the festive period and regain some of the momentum that has been lacking in recent performances. Jack Kelly makes his debut for the Poppies.

Goal!GOAL: The match gets underway at Latimer Park with top scorer Weir-Daley starting on the bench today and Solkhon restored to the starting line up. Kettering settle in very quickly and get off to a flyer as Aaron O’Connor latches onto a punt up the field from keeper Snedker and finishes well to make it 1-0. An early route one ball caught the visitors napping.

Goal!GOAL: Kettering buoyed by their early lead press for a second and win a corner. The ball is played in by Brighton and Brett Solkhon left all alone gets a head to the ball to nod past the keeper and into the net. With less than ten minutes gone it’s 2-0 to the Poppies and they really looked up for this one from the first whistle.

Gary Mulligan has a clash of heads and with blood pouring from the bridge of his nose he leaves the game to be replaced by Wilson Carvalho. O’Connor almost makes it three but is denied by the diving keeper who makes the stop. Substitute Carvalho comes close to opening his account but again keeper Clarke does well to deny a decent effort. Carvalho then turns provider for Howe but he fires just over the crossbar.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 2   Cinderford Town 2

The second-half gets underway and it’s the visitors who came out looking more focussed as Snedker has to be alert to save from Thomas and Haran does well to make a block on the line. Kettering starting to get back into the match as Caravan curls a free-kick wide of the target shortly before the hour mark.

Kettering continue to press and Howe should have done better but stabs wide of the goal from close in. At the other end a through beats the Poppies defence but thankfully the resulting shot is also wide of Snedker’s goal. The match has lost a little of it’s earlier sparkle as we head into the final 15 minutes or so. Cravan shoots wide of the target. Hicks comes on for Hornby for Poppies.

The visitors have upped their tempo to try and salvage something after going two goals down early on as Thomas shoots just wide of the target. Kettering need to get back into their stride and finish out the game with just over ten minutes of normal time remaining. Weir-Daley enters the fray replacing O’Connor, can he inject some life into the Poppies attack during the closing stages.

As the match heads into stoppage time it looks like Kettering’s first-half double will be enough to get them the points and make it back-to-back wins at home for the first time this season. Jack Kelly limps off just before the final whistle, here’s hoping he’s fit for Tuesday’s match. A good first-half for Kettering and did just enough in the second-half to thwart any chance of a comeback from Cinderford.

Att: 433

Kettering Town: Snedker, Haran, Kelly, Solkhon, Malone, Mulligan, Hornby, O’Connor, Howe, Canavan, Brighton. Subs: Barnes-Homer, Hicks, Carvalho, Weir-Daley, White.

Cinderford Town: Clarke, John, Alderoice, Nelmes, Hanos, Bowen, Hicks, Thomas, Hill, Chambers. Subs: Moonie, Waugh, Turner, Michael.

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