Poppies pegged back at Nuneaton Borough

Oct 20th, 2007

Kettering TownNuneaton Borough

Nuneaton Borough 1
Williams 70

Kettering Town 1
Dempster 61

Poppies boss Mark Cooper handed a starting role to new signing, defender Nicky Eaden, in Kettering’s first visit to Nuneaton Borough’s Liberty Way. The 34 year-old Eaden is a vastly experienced league player who started his career at Barnsley, before eventually joining Birmingham City and thereafter followed spells at Wigan, Nottingham Forest and Lincoln City.

Neither side able to make that vital breakthrough in the early stages of an edgy encounter that is effectively a local derby between these two bitter rivals and the longer it goes on the more it looks like a single goal will win this one. Lots of action but mostly between the penalty areas, although Mark Rawle possibly with the best chance when he went through one-on-one but couldn’t break the deadlock.

Kettering continued to push further forward with half-time approaching fast, but the home defence continued to work hard to deny their visitors any space and despite the lion’s share of possession the Poppies couldn’t break them down and the first 45 minute period ended goaless.


Half-time: Nuneaton Borough 0 Kettering Town 0

Kettering
came out for the second-half and continued to battle away against a
determined home backline and were finally rewarded midway through the
half when John Demspter pounced on a rebound to score and put
the Poppies 1-0 up. The home side weren’t about to capitulate though
and seemed to sit back as within ten minutes they were back on level
terms at 1-1 through Danny Williams.

The home side
dominated the play but with minutes left on the clock the match
remained deadlocked at 1-1 and as the final whistle sounded the
scoreline couldn’t separate the two sides. On paper it looks like a
creditable away draw but in reality the Poppies fell further behind the
current leaders Harrogate Town who won again to pull 5pts clear of
Kettering at the top of the table.

Att: 1,197

Kettering: Harper, Jaszczun, Kemp, Dempster, Graham, Eaden, Solkhon, Brady, Marna, Westcarr, Rawle. Subs: Burton, Hall, Bussey, Lloyd, Collins.

Nuneaton: Acton, Travis, Franklin, Moore, Cowan, Prichard, Curtis, Palmer, Williams, Collins, Brown. Subs: Quailey, Muggleton, Towers, Burgess, Oddy.

After
the Lord Mayor’s show, Kettering appear to be struggling badly at the
moment and Mark Cooper will need to work some kind of magic to get them
back on track following just one win in their last five league matches
that has senn them drop from top spot to third in the table.