Hall strike gives Poppies narrow 1-0 win at home to Kings Langley

Kings LangleyKettering Town

Kettering Town 1
Hall 47

Kings Langley 0

Following a narrow tough loss away to the league leaders last Saturday Kettering Town are hoping to bounce back against Kings Langley at Latimer Park this Saturday. The Poppies are fast running out of matches if they are to produce a good enough string of results to get into the play-off places at the end of the season and must get back to their winning ways. Today’s opponents managed a creditable draw against Chippenham Town in midweek.

The match gets underway, Kettering wearing their familiar red and black, kick-off against their opponents who are wearing white shirts and black shorts. A lot of huffing and puffing early on as both teams try to settle but it’s a little hurried at the moment. A good spell of early pressure from Kettering and they win a corner but after a scramble it’s eventually cleared.

An overcast afternoon at Latimer Park and the pitch tending to bobble the ball making passing on the ground a little more difficult but Kettering have settled in the better of the two teams so far. Kelly with a curling free-kick but the keeper collects well. Canavan with a lob that the keeper does well to tip over the crossbar and Kettering have another corner which is headed down by Howe but it’s cleared off the line.

All the pressure is coming from the home side at the moment but they don’t have a goal to show for it so far. A ball in from Langdon is met by an overhead attempt by Solkhon but it’s sliced wide of the upright. A rare attack for the visitors but it’s defended well for a goal kick. A free-kick for Kettering, it’s swung into the area but again the keeper has an easy time in collecting it safely.

It’s a rare corner for Kings Langley but the eventual header goes well wide of the target. A scramble in the area and the whistle brings a free-kick for the visitors as the keeper tried to bring it under his control. Almost one-way traffic but that last touch eluding the Poppies front line and it’s still goal less heading into the break. Langdon shown the yellow card for a foul, stopping the visitors counter-attack.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 0   Kings Langley 0

Goal!GOAL: The second-half gets underway at Latimer Park in a match where it’s really a must win for the Poppies if they are to keep their play-off dream alive. Kettering are on the attack from the off and applying pressure to the visitor’s goal. It finally pays off as James Hall smashes a belter into the back of the net via the underside of the crossbar.

The home fans thought they’d got a second but a foul given on the keeper relieves the pressure on the visitors. Going a goal behind seems to have finally woken up Kings Langley as they show more passion in attack than the previous 50 minutes of football this afternoon. The visitors make a change as Mason Bush is replaced by Lewis Toomey. Pattison gets a booking for Kings Langley. White makes a good save as the visitors apply pressure.

Liam Bateman enters the fray replacing the goalscorer James Hall on 74 minutes. Tow minutes later Liam Canavan makes way for Jorrin John. Hicks goes down in the area but the referee waves play on. Kings Langley make a change as James Verney replaces Kieran Turner as we head into the final ten minutes of the match. Rene Howe almost scores but he’s slightly off balance as his efforts flies just over the crossbar.

A free-kick out wide for Kettering, it’s swung over but easily cleared by the Kings Langley defence. The home support will be willing their team to get a second and kill off the match as the minutes tick away towards normal time. Jorrin John offside as Kettering almost seal it. Another corner for Kettering who are not exactly in a hurry to take it and make a mess of trying to waste time and it’s a goal kick for the visitors.

Three minutes of stoppage time added on for Kettering to hold onto their slender 1-0 lead. Rene Howe volleys on the turn and it just flies into the side netting. It’s a last ditch effort from Kings Langley now but Kettering turn the tide and win a corner. They eventually play it in and the referee immediately blows his whistle to signal a deserved victory for the Poppies despite the narrow scoreline. A vital three points but well earned.

Att: 560

Kettering Town: White, Hicks, Langdon, Solkhon, Hornby, Mulligan, Canavan, A.O’Connor, Hall, Kelly, Howe. Subs: Bateman, McAlindon, Malone, John, J.O’Connor.

Kings Langley: Comas, Platt, Baloglin, Connolly, Johnson, Coldicott-Stevens, Turner, Pattison, King, Bush, Amoo. Subs: Cox, Ward, Toomey, Waldren, Verney.


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