Impressive Poppies 3-0 winners at home to Basingstoke Town

Basingstoke TownKettering Town

Kettering Town 3
Solkhon 27
Howe 78
Baker 90

Basingstoke Town 0

Two wins from their two opening fixtures sees Kettering Town looking confident going into today’s home fixture with Basingstoke Town. The Poppies finally managed to overcome a rugged Redditch outfit last week and keep a clean sheet against a side that had scored five goals in their previous match.

The match gets underway at a windy Latimer Park and an early effort from Stevens is headed behind for a corner which the visitors comfortably clear. Ben Milnes picks up a bizarre booking on 10 minutes for a re-entering the field without the referee’s permission after being told by the official to change the colour of his undershorts!

Goal!GOAL: White collects easily from Smart, at the other end a through ball from Milnes is collected by keeper McAdden before Howe can convert. A free-kick swung into the area by Brighton and is met by the head of Brett Solkhon who beats the keeper to put the Poppies in front.

It’s 1-0 with 27 minutes gone. Milnes shot palmed away by keeper McAdden and then Michael Richens is shown the yellow card on the half-hour mark. Kettering clear a corner and then almost double their lead but this time Solkhon can’t quite connect. Milnes tries to play in Stevens but he’s given offside. Kettering head into the break with a slender league but should arguably be further in front.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 1   Basingstoke Town 0

The second-half gets underway at Latimer Park with Kettering clearing an opportunity from Smart that Richens is quickest to react to. Milnes swings over a free-kick, its put behind for a corner and Howe tries a header but it goes wide of the target with 52 minutes gone. Kettering will need to get a second to prevent their visitors from hanging in there and hoping to snatch something from this close game.

Hoesness jinks past two defenders but the ball runs away from him. Stevens is brought down in the Basingstoke area trying to reach a ball by Richens but the referee waves away the appeals for a penalty. Solkhon fires high over the crossbar approaching the hour mark as Kettering begin to pile on the pressure looking for a second. Basingstoke’s Michael Atkinson goes down and is subsequently booked by the referee for diving.

McAdden makes a great save from Howe after a good run from Meikle produces the opportunity. Solkhon is booked for a foul on Jarvis and Mulligan heads just over the crossbar. Plenty of industry from Kettering but still only leading by that first-half Solkhon header with 67 minutes gone. A miss-kick in front of goal by Stevens when the ball was presented on a plate by Meikle will hopefully not cost Kettering dearly, but should’ve been buried.

Goal!GOAL: Milne again the provider but Howe’s flick just goes over the crossbar on 72 minutes. It’s Poppies on the break again, searching for that killer second goal and it comes in the shape of Rene Howe who again tries a flick but this one is deadly accurate and beats McAdden to find the back of the net.

A lot of pressure from Kettering and they are finally rewarded, settling down the home fans nerves heading into the final 10 minutes or so, now leading 2-0 with what was Rene Howe’s 50th goal for the club. A comfortable save for White from Wright on 83 minutes and a minute later Ben Baker comes on for Matty Stevens. Another change fro Poppies two minutes later as Meikle makes way for Stohrer.

Goal!GOAL: Kettering make their final change as Sundire replaces Richens to see out the final few minutes. A final flourish heading into stoppage time and substitute Ben Baker is one-on-one with the keeper after a ball over the top from Milnes and the youngster coolly beats McAdden to slot the ball into the net. That’s 3-0 to Kettering and game over!

There goes the final whistle and another victory for Kettering to find themselves three wins out of three at the start of the season. A difficult opening period but they got the first goal and then continued to wear down the visitor’s defence before scoring two goals late on to kill off the game and secure the points. It’s onto next Saturday where they visit Kings Langley looking to make it four out of four.

Att: 557

Kettering Town: White, Berry, Brighton, Solkhon, Mulligan, Richens (Sundire 88), Hoenes, Stevens (Baker 84), Howe, Milnes, Meikle (Stohrer 86). Subs: Hicks, Bateman.

Basingstoke Town: McAdden, Schutor, Bayliss, Bennett, Atkinson, Kennedy, Hollamby, Jarvis, Wright, Smart, Collier. Subs: Davis, Hoult, Shaw, Coater, McCann.


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