Muir 9, 86
Kettering Town 1
Coming off the back of a strong showing against Royston Town last Saturday Kettering Town make the trip to Northwood to try and maintain their lead at the top of the table heading into the festive period. This is the first of two away matches taking up to the end of the year, as they face Daventry Town the following Saturday (moved from Boxing Day). Elliot out through illness but Hoban returns to the starting lineup for Poppies.
GOAL: The match gets underway with Kettering in their Blue and White away strip and a welcome return for Claudio Hoban playing just behind the front two, Ogbonna and Kolodynski. Kettering having a lot of possession early on but its the home side who take an early lead when a through ball splits the Poppies defence, its latched onto by Niko Muir who beats the on-rushing Knight to score.
Kettering almost respond instantly as Kolodynski crashes a shot against the crossbar. Goodings effort is blocked as the Poppies passing the ball around well. Ogbonna surges through and opts to go alone but his strike is saved by the keeper and a long range effort from Gooding flies just wide of the target. Kolodynski’s shot is high over the crossbar as Poppies press for an equaliser.
GOAL: A through ball as Kolodynski heads for goal and looks to be brought down but the referee waves play on as Dubi Ogbonna picks up the loose ball and fires it past the keeper Laurencin into the bottom corner to make it 1-1. A yellow card shown for the foul on Kolodynski.
A foul by Ogbonna brings a yellow card and a Northwood defender is also shown a yellow card as the referee tries to impose his authority on the game with plenty of pushing and shoving between the two teams. Ogbonna wins a corner just before the break, which is played in by Gooding but goes behind for a goal kick. Dave Kolodynski races through is blatantly brought down but the referee books the Poppies player instead.
A strange decision as it looked like a clear case of the defender taken Kolodynski’s standing leg in the penalty area. Northwood hit the crossbar as they are handed another unwarranted chance by the over-zealous referee but Knight makes a good save from the well-taken free-kick and at the break its still all-square.
Half-time: Northwood 1 Kettering Town 1
The second-half gets underway with no changes from either side at the break. A free-kick on the edge of the area for Kettering is taken by Hoban but it sails past the upright. Good possession for Kettering but they don’t appear to be in any great hurry to get into the last third at the moment and the game has gone a little flat after a scrappy first 45 minutes.
Hoban surges forward leaving defenders in his wake and finds Ogbonna who finishes well but is given offside, another dubious decision from today’s under-par officials and the half-time talk with the assessor doesn’t seem to have done them much good. Ogbonna wins a corner, whipped in by Hoban but Hull can’t get enough on it as it misses the target.
GOAL: A fast attack from the home side as Rob Hastings is left unmarked and sheds Poppies defenders before firing the ball past Knight and into the net. For all their hard work Kettering’s lack of finishing sees them trailing again. It was a very good finish but also very poor defensive play to allow the Northwood striker so much space.
A quick substitution for Northwood for the final 20 minutes as they defend a narrow 2-1 lead. Kettering looking a little flat at the moment and in need of a shake up perhaps. Ash Robinson replaces Andy Hall for the final ten minutes with the Poppies still trailing 2-1. Can a rather sluggish Kettering rescue a point here or are they headed for a rare defeat.
GOAL: It looks like Kettering are headed for defeat as another break through for the home side sees the Poppies defence just all at sea and the exposed Knight is beaten again, albeit with a deflection from Niko Muir. Northwood make a couple of substitutions as they look like cruising to victory in the final stages.
Into the final few minutes with Kettering really showing no signs of revival here and having spurned earlier chances the second-half has been a real let down for the Poppies traveling support. The final whistle sounds but the contest had already petered out and it will certainly be one for Kettering to forget as they head to Daventry Town next Saturday for their final game of the year.
Kettering Town: Knight, Clifton, Lee, Kinniburgh, Hull, Solkhon, Gooding, Hoban, Kolodynski, Ogbonna, Hall. Unused Subs: Jepson, Watts, Bukasa, Robinson, Marsh.
Northwood: Laurencin, Vassell, Lomas, M Burgess, Turner, Dicker, J.Ehui, J.Burgess, Muir, Murray, Hastings. Subs. Hudson, Lawrence, I.Ehui, Nicholas.
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.
Lewis Wilson and James Jepson return to the Poppies. » Former Poppies Lewis Wilson and James Jepson return to the Poppies.
Kettering Town FC have unveiled an ambitious plan to move back into the Borough with the targeted location being the site of the now closed Avondale Schools.
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Kettering Town 1
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