Lacklustre Poppies beaten 1-0 at Biggleswade Town

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Biggleswade Town 1
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Kettering Town 0

With another solid win under their belts Kettering Town are closing in on the league title as they travel to Biggleswade Town for what will undoubtedly be a tough encounter given that their host beat Poppies 3-2 at Latimer Park earlier in the season. Kettering are missing O’Connors, Towers and Cunnington but still have plenty of firepower if they put their mind to it to gain another vital three points in the title race.

A very windy afternoon with both teams trying to settle and an early chance for thr hosts but White makes a good save in the Poppies goal. The host have the bit between their teeth early on and another shot sails wide of the Poppies goal. Richens concedes a free-kick and earns an early booking, fortunately for him the free-kick flies high over the crossbar. Corners at either end come to nothing with twenty minutes gone.

Waders on the front foot, as Poppies still struggling a little to make an impression but Donkin has to be alert to hold onto a Turner long range effort with half-hour gone. White has certainly been the busier of the two keepers so far and a late flag saves them from another assault on the Poppies goal. Solkhon finds Hoeness, who in turn supplied Stohrer but his shot sailed over the crossbar. Signs of life up front for Kettering at last as Holman fires well wide of the target.

Goal!GOAL: Hoeness being pulled back blatantly but the officials somehow ignore it. Kettering back and forth in front of the area but the shot is blocked. The match a little more even now as Kettering are starting to settle and play controlled football, but it’s the host who finally get the break-through. A shot on target can only be tipped by Paul White and it’s Joe White who reacts quickest to stroke home. 1-0 to Biggleswade.

Kettering counter with a free-kick, Donkin completely misses and the ball cannons off the crossbar to be nodded in by Solkhon, but the linesman’s flag is up and it’s ruled out for offside. Much better football from Kettering who took a long time to get into this one and trail 1-0 going into the break. More promise for the second-half now for Poppies but have to come from behind to get anything out of this one.

Half-time:   Biggleswade Town 1   Kettering Town 0

The second-half gets underway with Kettering needing to continue where they left off on the attack to try and get an early equaliser. Kettering still not firing on all cylinders as back-to-back corners come to nothing. Meikle finds Kelly but he somehow hits the side netting and at the other end defensive miscommunication allows Joe White another sight of the Poppies goal but he fires wide of the target. Ironic cheers for an offside flag on the Waders.

Holman surges forward but his effort curls just the wrong side of the upright. Time beginning to run out for Poppies as they’ve struggled all afternoon to create quality chances and find their clinical touch in front of goal. Joe White heads over the crossbar on a Waders counter-attack. Meikle is replaced by Milnes for Poppies. Brighton replaces Solkhon for the remaining few minutes. Another half-chance but Hoeness fails to connect and it goes wide.

Stanley blocks a shot and keeper White makes a good save but poor distribution and Kettering end up with a throw in. Hoeness jinking around in the area plays a pass to Brighton but he slips the ball runs away from the Poppies substitute. Brooks replaces Lucien for Waders with five minutes of normal time remaining. Its been a very poor performance from Kettering this afternoon as Biggleswade are heading for the double over the Poppies unless there is a dramatic finale.

Into time added on as Kettering win a corner, Donkin punches clear. There goes the final whistle and Kettering have thrown away their two-game advantage with an other sub-par performance on a windy afternoon at a well organised Biggleswade Town. The Poppies still lead by 8pts so no need to panic just they but they cannot afford to give the chasing Stourbridge a glimmer of hope going into the final few matches. Kettering do not want to spend the rest of the season looking anxiously over their shoulder.

Att:

Kettering Town: White, Solkhon, Stohrer, Richens, Meikle, Holman, Hoeness, Kelly-Evans, Kelly, Rowe-Turner, Stanley. Subs: Brighton, Toseland, Milnes, Bradshaw, Graham.

Biggleswade Town: Donkin, Bradshaw, Perry, Forbes, Gent, Long-King, Lucien, Nwaboukei, White, Ball, Ofosu. Subs: Donnelly, Walster, Brooks, Allinson.

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