Poppies can only field ten men, beaten 7-0 at home by BashleyOct 6th, 2012
Kettering Town 0
Stokoe 29, 47
Foster 51, 53
Vokes 82, 89
Kettering Town host fellow strugglers Bashley at Nene Park this Saturday and again Alan Doyle is in charge for what many supporters are concerned could be the Poppies final fixture. There will no doubt be some unfamiliar faces in the Kettering lineup as they struggle to put out a full team let alone substitutes as well.
A quiet start to the game with both teams struggling at the foot of the table and desperate for points as Kettering players get to know each other and settle into the match to try and secure their first league win in eight attempts. The main talking point is that the home team could only field ten men and of course with no substitutes it could be a very long afternoon for the loyal Poppies fans who have turned up to see what could be their team’s final fixture.
GOAL: Its the visitors that come closest though in the early stages and the Kettering goal lives a charmed life as an effort flashes past the post. No such luck for Kettering this time as from a free kick as the ball is played into the area and a back-heel by Stokoe past Laurie Walker sees the visitors go 1-0 up shortly before the half-hour mark. Trailing and with only ten men right from the start, Kettering are now really up against it.
Walker saves well from a Bashley fast break that probably should have resulted in the visitors increasing their lead. Approaching half-time and understandably not much attacking threat from Kettering in the first 40 minutes or so but other than the lapse for the goal they have defended fairly well considering the man disadvantage. Kettering not being helped by some appalling officiating but still battling away despite being asked to climb the proverbial mountain. Ifil the victim of a late challenge that draws a yellow card for the aggressor. A rousing standing ovation for the Kettering players from the assembled fans as they head for the tunnel at the break.
Half-time: Kettering Town 0 Bashley 1
GOAL: The second-half gets underway and the visitors are straight on the attack trying to further break down the resistance of the ten men for Poppies and it doesn’t take long before Bashley gets their second courtesy of Stokoe again and that’s game over for ten man Poppies I’m afraid.
GOAL: From the restart Kettering lose the ball and are again quickly under pressure form the visitors who now sense blood. It’s another goal, this time it’s from Foster as Kettering go 3-0 down in quick succession after conceding the killer second.
GOAL: It’s all gone sadly downhill fast for Kettering as they concede a fourth and James Stokoe gets his second with just ten minutes gone in the second-half it’s 4-0 to Bashley. More trouble for Kettering as Ben Farrell gets shown a yellow card by the referee.
The match has gone a little quiet now as Bashley appear to be content to take their time now with a four goal cushion against ten men the match and points are already in the visitor’s pocket. Kettering gamely battling away and haven’t given up trying to score despite all that has happened so far this distressing afternoon. Walker stretches across his goal and gets a hand to push the ball onto the post as its played in by a free-kick and Kettering work hard to avoid going further behind.
GOAL: Bashley make a substitution and Farren comes into the match for the visitors. It doesn’t take long for the substitution to make an impact as Farren scores and Bashley are now 5-0 up with 15 minutes or so remaining. A good run by Gele Pacome is halted by yet another poor decision by the referee. Bashley make their third and final substitution as Vokes enters the fray with match already well won.
Pacome still making the runs forward but doesn’t really have great support with Kettering understandably having had to do a lot of defending with the man short from the very start of the match. Into the final ten minutes and Kettering struggling to make much of an impact in attack but still gamely battling away as Michael King fires an effort just wide of the target cheered on by the Poppies support. Another effort from King but this time he couldn’t quite curl it enough to get it between the posts and give the home support a consolation goal to cheer.
GOAL: Bashley break forward and the tiring Poppies defence struggles to stem the tide as recent substitute Matt Vokes makes it 6-0 and the spirited Walker can do nothing this time.
Warren Byerley rushes forward and tries to lob the keeper but his effort goes wide. Byerley again breaks forward for Kettering trying to find that consolation goal, but this time his effort is well saved by the Bashley keeper. Bonnet-Johnson gets in a good cross but King puts his header wide of the target. Kettering supporters singing and applauding their team to the last as this could be the final curtain.
GOAL: No let up from the visitors as they are understandably unconcerned with the situation going on at their hosts and making the most of their good fortune as Matt Vokes scores his second and his side seventh to make it 7-0.
Gele Pacome skips past a couple of defenders and slots the ball past the keeper but would you believe it his effort comes back off the post. When your lucks out, it’s out and today the luck has well and truly be out for Kettering. The final whistle sounds and as the players slump to the ground they are applauded by the fans for giving it their all in what could be the final match for Kettering Town Football Club. If that is indeed the case it is a very sad way to go out after 140 years.
Kettering Town: Walker, P. Ifil, King, Bamber, Burns, Bonnett-Johnson, Farrell, Muzvimbiri, Byerley, Gele. Subs: None
Bashley: Kearn, Strickland, Oliver, Carey, Middleton, Richardson, Finlay (Foster 30), Hill, Stokoe, Jenkinson (Vokes 73), Knight (Farren 70), Unused Subs: Gazzard, Lompato-Pires.