Poor Poppies beaten 3-0 away to Basingstoke Town

Kettering TownBasingstoke Town

Basingstoke Town 3
Hallahan 20, 35pen
Deadfield 48

Kettering Town 0

Following a mixed start, Tuesday’s 3-1 away win for Kettering Town over Redditch Utd should have given them a confidence boost going into Saturday’s away match at Basingstoke Town who have managed just two points from their first four fixtures. The Poppies will be without the services of both Wilson Carvalho (serving the last of his six-match ban) and Rene Howe, the latter following a three-match ban for a red card at Hitchin Utd.

The match gets underway at the Ark Cancer Charity Stadium and Kettering win an early corner but it’s easily cleared. An early forced substitution as Artwell is replaced by Collier on 11 minutes. Both sides settle down to play controlled football as the rain comes down to add an additional tricky factor. Kettering also forced into an early change as Callum Westwood is replaced by Ben Stephens on 18 minutes.

Goal!GOAL: The home side on the attack as Johnson-Schuster plays in George Hallahan who fires into the roof of the net to make it 1-0 to Basingstoke. Kettering defence a little slow to react and a virtually unmarked Hallahan gave Walker no chance in the Poppies goal.

Kettering try to respond quick as Weir-Daley almost gets behind the home defence and Stephens can’t quite connect with a through ball. At the other end a short flashes just over the crossbar from Ray and Walker having to be alert to the Dragons quick counter attack and saves well from Bennett. Walker again at full stretch to cover as Johnson-Schuster fires just wide of the target.

Goal!GOAL: Jarvis almost makes it 2-0 but can’t get a touch on the cross into the area with half-an-hour gone and Kettering trailing 1-0. Walker makes another good save as the home side are dominating at the moment after being buoyed by their lead. Stephens makes a weak challenge and the referee points to the penalty spot. Up steps George Hallahan and despite getting a hand to it Walker can’t keep it out. 2-0 to Basingstoke.

Kettering looking in all sorts of trouble here as they cannot seem to muster a shot on target and already trailing 2-0 having lost Westwood to an early injury. Brighton plays the ball into the area but Hicks bobbles it off his shin wide of the target with 5 minutes to the break. Deadfield fires just inches wide of the target as we head into the half-time break and Poppies boss Marcus Law has plenty to talk about.

Half-time:   Basingstoke 2   Kettering Town 0

Goal!GOAL: The second-half gets underway as a cross by Jarvis rebounds off the post, Walker can only watch as Kettering narrowly escape going 3-0 down. Two minutes later and Kettering are 3-0 down as a simple ball cut through the Poppies defence and Samuel Deadfield is on hand to slot it home. Walker woefully exposed by a dreadful Poppies defence who seems to be totally dis-organised.

Walker makes a good save to deny Hallahan a hat-trick as the Poppies defence is all at sea again. M.Atkinson gets a yellow card. Marcus Law makes a double change as Howell and Hicks are replaced by Wilson and Bobowicz on 54 minutes with a shuffle off the Poppies formation. Dragons keeper Tokarczyk gets a yellow card for time-wasting. Kettering clear another Basingstoke corner but fail to do anything with the ball.

Redford replaces double goal scorer Hallahan for Basingstoke on 63 minutes. Poppies corner but its easily cleared. Walker makes the save after he was left exposed again by a static Poppies defence. Bobowicz and Wilson have efforts but neither trouble the home keeper. Final change for Dragons as Rose replaces Jarvis but the home side are cruising to an easy victory here.

A very disappointing afternoon for Kettering who were comfortably beaten by a lively Basingstoke outfit who claim their first win of the season. Marcus Law will point to the high number of players out through injury and suspension but its been the defence that has looked very static and with a lack of creativity in midfield the forwards have had little opportunity to find the net. Wilson forces a save out of Dragons keeper as we head into stoppage time.

It should’ve been 4-0 but a speculative effort flies over the crossbar when the pass inside would’ve been the better option for the home side. Kettering well beaten here by a decent Basingstoke side who deserved the victory and should start to make an impact in the league based on this performance against a struggling Poppies side.

Att: 474

Kettering Town: Walker, Haran, Brighton, Solkhon, Langdon, Mulligan, Hicks, Howell, Smith, Weir-Daley, Westwood. Subs:Bobowicz, Kinniburgh, Stephens, Wilson, Hill.

Basingstoke Town Tokarczyk, Johnson-Schuster, R.Atkinson, Partridge, Ray, M.Atkinson, Deadfield, Bennett, Jarvis, Hallahan, Artwell. Subs: Collier, Greene. Redford, Rose.


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