Kettering Town 1
Blackwood sent-off 83
Kettering Town play host to Marlow on Saturday with Latimer Park looking good to stage the fixture after another run of postponed games has backed-up the Poppies league schedule. Kettering have been unlucky with postponements of late, falling behind the other teams currently challenging for promotion and they now rank with Daventry on least league matches played and are six matches behind the top clubs. Their remaining 17 league fixtures have been squashed into the final two months of the season, playing three matches a week in some instances.
Alistair Worby makes his debut in goal for Kettering as the match kicks off, the home side in red and black and their visitors in all blue strip. An early chance for Poppies as Thorpe tries to lob the keeper but it goes wide of the target. Worby dives smartly to push out a low drive that looked like it was heading for the bottom corner as the visitors counter. Sandy almost connects with a long thrown-in but it’s eventually scrambled clear. Thorpe drives into the box and loud shots for handball but the referee waves play on as Thorpe is then brought down to more protests but again the official says no penalty.
Thorpe played in by Clifton but the keeper makes a fine save. The home side starting to put more pressure on the Marlow goal as Logan plays in Jepson who hits the bar and then puts the rebound wide of the target off his knee. A yellow card for the foul on Thorpe is shown by the referee. A corner for Kettering played in by Jepson but Moreman not able to get a good connection and it’s booted clear. Another corner for the Poppies, this time swung in by Gooding and Henry Eze rattles the crossbar with a header, so close again for Kettering.
At the other end Kettering defend a corner as Blackwood fires just over the crossbar. Sandy brings a fine save from the keeper but Kettering still being held going into the break with less than five minutes fo the first half remaining. Sandy breaks clear, twists and turns before playing the ball in to Moreman but his effort just creeps wide of the upright and at the break it’s still somehow still stalemate at 0-0.
Half-time: Kettering Town 0 Marlow 0
GOAL: The second-half gets underway at Latimer Park with no changes from either side. Thorpe through one-on-one and again the goalkeeper makes the crucial save to deny Kettering an opener. A counter attack sees Hull leave a through ball for Worby but Jon Bennett nips in and puts the ball in the net. Totally against the run of play to be honest but Kettering find themselves 1-0 down that the start of the second period through a poor lapse in the home defence.
A thunderbolt from Clifton but it’s tipped over the crossbar for a corner and another fine save by keeper Bostian. Another corner for Kettering and again it’s just wide of the upright as the visitor’s goal leads a very charmed life. Worby forced to make a double save as a buoyant Marlow almost made it 2-0 from a corner. Thorpe’s effort is easily held by the keeper as Kettering try to counter and Moreman’s cross goes just wide of the post. Logan is replaced by Ben Ford for Kettering with less than 25 minutes remaining.
GOAL: It’s virtually all Kettering now but the Marlow goal appears to have some sort of invisible shield at the moment as the home side just can’t get the ball in the net despite numerous clear-cut chances. Michael Bartley is replaced by Jason Downs for Marlow. The ball is played into the area, Sandy is brought down and Kettering are awarded a penalty. Up steps Andy Gooding and it’s 1-1. Finally the spell on the visitor’s goal is broken.
Into the final ten minutes of normal time and Kettering have deservedly pulled back on level terms from the penalty spot. A terrible challenge from Joshua Blackwood and the referee shows him a straight red card. Clifton is booked for too strong a protest. Dubi Ogbonna comes on to replace James Jepson for Kettering. Into the final five minutes of normal time as Kettering still looking for the winner. A yellow card for Marlow substitute. Into three minutes of stoppage time. A last ditch attack for the home side from a throw-in but as the ball finds Clifton is fired just over the crossbar.
The referee signals full-time and Kettering have been held at home despite throwing everything including the kitchen sink at a charmed Marlow goal and some superb heroics by the visiting keeper earns them a point. Very disappointing for Kettering as it’s a point dropped despite dominating for the majority of the afternoon. On to next Tuesday when they are away to a struggling Chertsey Town with Kettering looking to bounce back with a win which will be quickly followed by a trip to Daventry Town on Thursday.
Kettering Town: Worby, Clifton, Kinniburgh, Gooding, Eze, Hull, Thorpe, Jepson, Sandy, Moreman, Logan. Subs: Fuller, Hamilton, Ford, Osei-Siribour, Ogbonna.
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.
Kettering Town have signed striker Dubi Ogbonna from from fellow Division One outfit St Ives Town.
Winding up petition officially dismissed » According to the official announcement on the club website, "... the winding up petition originally brought by HMR&C and taken over by Rushden and Diamonds 2008 Limited, has today been dismissed following full payment having been made."
Striker Scott Cross, who made his debut and scored a goal for the Poppies in the 2-1 defeat at AFC Hayes has re-signed for Daventry Town, while Kettering have signed central defender/midfielder Tommy Hull from Barton Rovers.
The long history of Kettering Town Football Club looks like its set to continue following the successful appeal of the winding up order in the High Court today.
Kettering Town 1
Blackwood sent-off 83
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Royston Town 0
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Gooding 21, 46
Potters Bar Town 0
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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.