Goal-shy Poppies pegged back at home to Banbury UtdAug 25th, 2012
Kettering Town 1
Banbury Utd 1
Kettering Town must pick themselves up after Tuesday’s loss in their home opener to Hemel Hempstead Town. The host a Banbury Utd side who have had a similar start to the season, after drawing their home opener they were well beaten 4-1 at Barwell on Tuesday night. Kettering must start putting away some of the chances they are creating if they are to succeed in making up the deficit before the top teams are already out of sight.
GOAL: A little bit of a slow start at Nene Park is livened up after Ed Palmer plays a ball into the area and it’s blocked by a Banbury hand with the referee immediately pointing to the spot. Up steps Warren Byerley and his stutter step beats the keeper and Kettering are 1-0 up from the penalty spot.
Good pressure from the home side with several corners but can’t find an end result and Banbury almost force an equaliser after a rare break forward to threaten the Poppies goal. The ball bouncing around in the middle with neither of the two teams putting a controlling foot on it at the moment.
GOAL: A quick counter with a through ball finds Talabi who skips past Radford and beats keeper Gathercole to make it 1-1. That just shows that you can’t switch off even if the opposition looks to be contained. A rare moment of action for the Poppies defence results in the visitor’s pulling back on level terms.
The home side have gone a little flat after their early dominance and the visitors seem to have come back into the match a lot more going into the break. Plenty of build up play and work to win the ball but no final pass into the area from Kettering. Banbury fast with the break present a danger to the home defence every time they break forward with plenty of pace and especially their liveliest player and goal scorer Talabi.
Half-time: Kettering Town 1 Banbury Utd 1
Thunder and lightning to accompany the downpour greets the players and officials as they emerge for the start of the second-half. Dalton Harris comes on for Kettering in an early switch shortly after the restart. Approaching the hour mark and Kettering unable to gain control in the middle but battling away to re-assert themselves after fading a little at the end of the first half.
A scuffle after a tackle and Omar Beckles ends up in the referee”s notebook having been shown the yellow card. Good save by Findlay and Mayo’s second effort is cleared off the line as Kettering press forward. Bonnet-Johnson is replaced by Ramone Macrae for Kettering and Talabi is replaced by Lorraine for Banbury with just over 20 minutes remaining. Byerley brought down by a rugby tackle which quite rightly results in a yellow card for Banbury’s captain Bustin.
Byerley makes way for Will Glazio in John Beck’s final substitution with fifteen minutes remaining. The match has gone really flat and with ten minutes remaining Phil Ifil gets shown a yellow card for a poor challenge. Josh Cole replaces Nick Kingston for Banbury as they make their second change of the afternoon. Langston limps off after going down heavy as we move into time added on at Nene Park and Kettering will play with a man short.
The final whistle sounds on another missed opportunity by Kettering and they’ve failed to win now in three matches at the start of the season. Despite again getting off to a good start, they allowed the visitors to peg them back and just didn’t have the answers needed to find a winner. John Beck will have to do something to shore up a weak attack in terms of goalscoring or it will be another long season of disappointment for Kettering.
Kettering Town: Gathercole, Burns, Radford, Palmer, Langston, Hervel (Harris), P.Ifil, Beckles, Mayo, Byerley (Blazio 74), Bonnet-Johnson (McCrae 67). Subs not used: Gerring, Walker.
Banbury Utd: Finlay, Gray, Austin, Dolman, Lee, Polk, Kingston (Cole 81), Confue, Johnson, Talabi (Lorraine 67), Woodley. Subs not used: O’Grady, Howell, Costa.