Bedworth Utd 1
Kettering Town 0
An away trip to 3rd placed Bedworth Utd on Tuesday night is Kettering Town‘s next tough test in their pursuit of the league title. Saturday’s narrow come-from-behind victory at home to Potters Bar Town showed some of the character the Poppies will need to sustain their current place at the top of the league table.
GOAL: The match gets underway at The Oval and the home side are straight on the attack, with McAlindon out injured its a debut for Richard Knight and his first touch of the ball is to pick it out the back of the net. Kettering were caught sleeping from the kick-off and are already 1-0 down with less than 3 minutes gone on the clock following a poor mix up in defence.
Knight stretches to make a good save to prevent his side going two-down early on. Kettering seem to be suffering from the same ‘slow out of the blocks’ start as they were on Saturday at Potters Bar Town. Kettering win a corner but can’t get ahead on it. At the other end another slip and Knight is left one-on-one but the Bedworth striker crashes his strike against the crossbar. Kolodynski fizzes a shot low, tipped round the post, as Kettering counter.
A corner for the hosts as we approach half-time is swung over into the area, flicked on, but no one there to force it over the goal line and Kettering clear. Other than the early goal its been a fairly quiet affair for the first 45 minutes as we head into time added on. James Clifton is shown the Yellow card for a foul as Kettering having to defend the free-kick but Tommy Hull puts it behind for a corner and a foul on Jason Lee as its played in relieves the pressure. Another Yellow card brings the first-half to a close.
Half-time: Bedworth 1 Kettering Town 0
The second-half gets underway and another Yellow card to start the proceedings, this time its Tommy Hull on the receiving end. Kettering having to come from behind again if they are to get a victory from this one as Hall goes down in the area but the free-kick is given the other way. Again Knight left one-on-one as the ball is deflected off the keeper’s body and behind for a corner. Kettering finally clear but concede a free-kick which is whipped into the far post but eludes the hosts strike force.
Claudio Hoban comes on to replace Ash Robinson to try and create something for Kettering. A Yellow for Andy Hall as the officials seem to be relishing their over-zealous part in tonight’s proceedings. Hoban flicks the ball on but Lee can’t quite steer it inside the far post. Kettering on the attack and a through ball finds Solkhon one-on-one but but his effort is pushed behind for a corner by the keeper. Steve Kinniburgh comes on to replace Jon Bukasa.
A Yellow card for dissent for the Bedworth midfielder as Kettering are beginning to make in-roads and make their final change as Dubi Ogbonna comes on for Dave Kodolynski. Denham Hinds make a superb save after Solkhon met Hall’s cross with his head as Kettering pile on the pressure to try and get an equaliser. The umpteenth Yellow card for a charge by a Bedworth defender and a minute later its followed by yet another booking dished out by the referee.
Kettering haven’t played up to their usual standards this evening but can still salvage somethinge with a moment of creative magic and more importantly a clinical finish. Another foul, another Yellow, this time Hoban and can you believe it, Gooding is booked for not bringing the ball back! Unbelievable, another Yellow card, that must be about 12 or so on the night? Ogbonna pulls an effort wide of the upright as time ticks away for Kettering. Despite all their fire-power the Poppies have lacked the usual striking threat up front tonight.
Into the final few seconds of the match as Kettering desperately trying to rescue a point, but the hosts are defending in great numbers to cling onto their narrow lead. Kettering, who have just not been at the races tonight, have still had a couple of clear-cut chances but failed when a clinical finish was needed. A very stop-start encounter is brought to a close by the referee’s whistle and Kettering suffer their first defeat in 5 matches. To be honest Bedworth probably deserved the first-half lead and held out well to secure the victory.
Kettering Town: Knight, Lee, Bukasa (Kinniburgh), Hull, Clifton, Robinson (Hoban), Gooding, Hall, Kolodynski (Ogbonna), Sandy. Subs: Jepson, Richard-Noel.
Kettering have recently signed top striker Dave Kolodynski from Rugby Town and goalkeeper Richard Knight from Cambridge City.
Claudiu Hoban has been registered on non-contract forms and is dual registered with Oxford City, while in the opposite direction Dan Crowie has joined St Ives Town.
The Poppies are currently considering a possible bid to return to their 'spiritual home' at Rockingham Road.
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