Mistakes condemn Poppies to 3-1 defeat at home to Merthyr Town

LeamingtonKettering Town

Kettering Town 1
Howe 66

Merthyr Town 3
McDonald 8
Richards 16
Jenkins 75

Disappointment for Kettering Town with the match being abandoned at Leamington on Tuesday night when they were leading 1-0 and playing well. They will need to play well today to beat a re-energised Merthyr Town who are in the top five and pushing for at least a play-off spot at the end of the season.

A poor first-half and two defensive errors cost Kettering dearly as they fell behind in the 8th minute to a goal from Curtis McDonald and on 16 minutes Eliot Richards doubled the visitor’s lead. The Poppies recovered some composure and went into the break back on their front foot knowing they had to inprove more in the second-half to get anything out of this one.

Kettering started the second-half well, created chances and pulled a goal back through Rene Howe on 66 minutes when he bundled home a cross from Carvalho. Canavan had some good efforts, hitting the crossbar and the post as the home fans had plenty to cheer. All that went flat again due to more poor defending as Corey Jenkins was left clean through and made no mistake on 75 minutes.

This time there was no way back for Kettering as they seemed to run out of ideas and the game petered out with the visitor’s content to kill off the clock. A disappointing week for Poppies and they will need to pick themselves up and keep plugging away to stand an outside chance of the play-offs but that is fast disappearing into the distance with each failure to gain a victory.

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