Battling Poppies 2-0 winners away to ten-man Chippenham Town

Feb 13th, 2016

Kettering TownChippenham Town

Chippenham Town 0
Smith sent-off 33

Kettering Town 2
Weir-Daley 4
Carvalho 89

This Saturday, barring more bad weather interruptions, Kettering Town travel to high-flying Chippenham Town who are second in the table, two points behind current leaders Poole Town. The Poppies will be looking for some measure of revenge for their 2-1 home defeat back in October. However, it’s a tall order for goal-shy stuttering Kettering as Chippenham have won their last five league matches and scored a whopping 19 goals in the process.

Goal!GOAL: The match gets underway and a bright start from both teams as Kettering try to shake off their lack of competitive matches since December. The home side press early but finish is way too high. At the other end a good build sees a dummy from Canavan allows Carvalho to tee-up Spencer Weir-Daley who’s volley beats and into the net. Kettering ahead on 4 minutes as Weir-Daley scores on his debut.

Instant reaction from the home side but end product just wide of the upright. Canavan’s header goes just wide of the target as the match opens up a little following the great start from Kettering. A lob from Chippenham lands on the top of the net and at the other end Canavan goes close from a long range free-kick for Poppies. The home side have another effort go close as they press for an equaliser.

The play switches from end to end as the two teams battle to gain dominance. A moment of drama unfolds as Chippenham are suddenly down to ten-men. A late challenge from Matt Smith scythes down Carruthers from behind and the referee has no hesitation in brandishing the red card. Kettering have not fared well against ten-men in recent matches so this will be a test of the character to make that right.

A high challenge comes in on Solkhon but this time its a lucky escape as the referee shows the yellow card when the Bluebirds could easily have been reduced to nine men. Another yellow card for the home side as they are starting to lose their composure. Lets hope Kettering can take advantage to see this one through, but there’s still a long way to go.

Half-time:   Chippenham Town 0   Kettering Town 1

The second-half gets underway and Kettering on the attack as Howe heads narrowly wide of the target. As the match heads towards the hour mark its been the home side who are pressing most and at the moment they are looking the better bet for the next goal. Can Kettering break their jinx over playing against ten men and see this one out for a much needed win.

A shot just shaves the bar from Chippenham as Kettering having to defend their narrow 1-0 lead against the home side’s ten men. A good opening for Poppies but Canavan spurns the chance. The game begins to get a little scrappy now at Hardenhuish as Kettering are trying to hold onto their slender lead against a determined 10-men Chippenham. Kettering are riding their luck at the moment ass scuffed effort from Chippenham striker balloons over the crossbar.

Kettering a make a double change as Bateman and Weir-Daley make way for Grocott and Langdon for the final 15 minutes. The match heads into the final five minutes or so with the Poppies still clinging to that narrow 1-0 lead courtesy of debut man Weir-Daley on 4 minutes. Another lucky escape for Kettering as Chippenham have a goal disallowed for offside, can they hang on until the final whistle.

Goal!GOAL: They can do more than hang on, Kettering have scored to make it 2-0 and put the result just about to bed. The ball is floated across the area and a header by Sandy rebounds from the post for Wilson Carvalho to follow up and smash it into the back of the net. With 89 minutes gone its 2-0 to Kettering.

With the final whistle sounding to the delight of the traveling support, Kettering finally break their ten-man hoodoo and claim a much needed victory and a vital three points. Could this be the catalyst for a revival of their play-off hopes? They made heavy weather of it against ten-men but possibly a lack of match practice didn’t help. The result counts more than the performance today and its a big win for Poppies.

Att: 527

Kettering Town: Hill, Bateman, Carruthers, Solkhon, Mulligan, Pepe-Ngoma, Weir-Daley, Howe, Canavan, Brighton, Baker. Subs: Grocott, Langdon, Sandy, Stephens.

Chippenham Town: Kalippinen, Ballinger, Beva, Allen, Tindle, Preece, Ferguson, Smith, Griffin, Sandell, Gutherie, Jones. Subs: Taylor, Whitehead, Pook, Malpas.