Battling Poppies narrow 3-2 winners at home to Leighton Town

Leighton TownKettering Town

Kettering Town 3
Ogbonna 41 pen
Sandy 57
Hall 89

Leighton Town 2
Watson 70 pen
Morgan 90

Tuesday night’s rescheduled fixture will be no easy task for Kettering Town despite the lowly position of their opponents Leighton Town as the Poppies have already suffered one defeat in the away fixture at the start of the season, when they lost 3-1 to the Reds at Bell Close. The Reds suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Bedworth Utd on Saturday, but before that won at Hanwell Town and Northwood to provide breathing space between them and the two teams below them in the table.

The match gets underway at Latimer Park, Kettering in their familiar Red and Black strip and the visitors in Blue shirts and Black shorts. Sandy and Hall looking for the ball, but Ogbonna opts to shoot and the keeper saves comfortably, Hall then blasts over the crossbar as the Poppies press early on. A corner from Jepson is met by Hull but not a clean header and its blocked and eventually cleared.

Ogbonna feeds Moreman who plays the ball into Sandy but he can’t quite connect and the keeper clears. A yellow card shown to Leighton’s Ridgeway for a late challenge. Another corner played in by Jepson, this time the keeper comes out to collect unchallenged. At the other end Leighton have a corner but Knight comes out easily to collect. Knight saves a close range effort as Leighton spurn a golden opportunity to take the lead.

Twice Ogbonna finds the net and twice he’s denied by the linesman’s flag as Kettering continue to press the visitors goal. A Jepson free-kick finds Solkhon at the far post and his header finds Lee but the ball back in is skied over the crossbar from Hall’s effort. Sandy and Moreman have bites at the cherry but neither can find the net as Kettering spurn golden opportunities to take the lead.

Goal!GOAL:Kettering on the attack in the area and a high boot brings a whistle and the referee has awarded a penalty. Dubi Ogbonna steps up to take it and fires past the keeper Oualah and into the net. Shortly before half-time and Kettering take the lead albeit from the penalty spot after a high boot came in from a Leighton defender. A little controversial but the home fans aren’t complaining and perhaps Kettering at least deserved to be in front.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 1   Leighton Town 0

Goal!GOAL: The second-half gets underway with no changes from either side at the break. Jepson swings in a corner, headed out and eventually booted clear as Kettering trying to add to their slender lead. Farmer replaces Forrester for Leighton. Moreman shoots and is blocked but the follow up from the keepers fine save is buried in the gaping goal by Elliott Sandy to give Kettering a 2-0 lead.

Goal!GOAL: Knight makes a fine save and from the ensuing corner he saves again, this time from a header to keep his side ahead with the 2-0 cushion. A ball into the box is adjudged handled by a Poppies defender and the referee points straight to the spot. Up steps Danny Watson and blasts it past Knight and into the net. Twenty minutes left and Leighton are back in the match having reduced the deficit back to one goal.

Chris Crook off, Dave Murphy on for Leighton. Kettering need to up their tempo for the final stages as the visitors have been buoyed by that goal and the game is not safe yet. A shot flashes in from Kettering and its just over the crossbar with the keeper stretching to cover. Solkhon hits it straight at the keeper from Jepson’s corner. Leighton on a fast break but its turned behind for a corner and as the ball comes in the header goes over the crossbar.

Goal!GOAL: Its a little frantic in the final ten minutes at Latimer Park with the score still 2-1 to Kettering. Dave Kolodynski comes on to replace Dubi Ogbonna for the final five minutes plus injury time added on. Jepson takes a free-kick quickly and finds Andy Hall who controls it well and slots it past the keeper and into the net. That looks like its all over with a minute left of normal time and Kettering now leading 3-1.

Goal!GOAL: Could’ve spoken too soon as a free-kick at the other end is expertly delivered by Aaron Morgan and Knight is picking the ball out the back of the net. Normal time is up but as we head into a nerve-wracking time added on its back to a single goal lead for Kettering.

The Poppies will need to concentrate now for these few minutes and there is the final whistle to the relief of the home support. A battling performance from Kettering but by no means did they have it all their own way as the visitors twice pulled back the deficit to a single goal but in the end the Poppies managed to secure a vital win and another step towards the title.

Att: 448

Kettering Town: Knight, Clifton, Kinniburgh, Hull, Solkhon, Lee, Hall, Jepson, Ogbonna, Sandy, Moreman. Subs: Gooding, Tayal, Kolodynski, Robinson, Richard-Noel.

Leighton Town: Oualah, Lyon, Ridgeway, Goodman, Rajaram, Crook (Murphy 72), Bunker, Morgan, Seanla, Watson, Forrester (Farmer 55). Subs not used: Green.

News

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Matches

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Leighton TownKettering Town

Kettering Town 3
Ogbonna 41 pen
Sandy 57
Hall 89

Leighton Town 2
Watson 70 pen
Morgan 90

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Kettering TownGodalming Town

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Kettering Town 1
Moreman 43

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North Greenford Utd 0

Kettering Town 4
Ogbonna 24pen
Sandy 67pen
Kolodynski 72pen
Hall 81

Terrace Talk

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