Poppies run out comfortable 3-0 winners at home to St Neots Town

Aug 28th, 2017

St Neots TownKettering Town

Kettering Town 3
Milnes 16
Hoenes 19pen
Howe 33

St Neots Town 0

After a rocky start and despite being pegged back Kettering Town came back strongly to make it four our of four wins and they host St Neots Town on Monday afternoon to try and make it five from five and gain sole possession of the top of the table. The Poppies have more or less a full squad to choose from and plenty of competition for places helps drive the team forward.

Goal!GOAL: Several half-chances at both ends provided a bright start in the sunshine at Latimer Park and the opened exchanges proved fairly even. Kettering took the lead in the 16th minute when Meikle’s run setup Rhys Hoenes and his cross was met by Ben Milnes as the Poppies striker headed powerfully down and past keeper Emery to make it 1-0.

Goal!GOAL: Barely two minutes later and Kettering doubled their lead from a spot-kick when a rash challenge from Bradshaw brought down Rhys Hoenes and the Poppies player picked himself up and calmly slotted past keeper Emery to make it 2-0 on 18 minutes.

Goal!GOAL: The visitors battled away gamely but could do little to penetrate a fairly comfortable home defence. It was the Poppies who again provided the clinical finishing so often missing from last season when Rene Howe headed home decisively past emery from a Milnes free-kick to make it 3-0 on 33 minutes.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 3   St Neots Town 0

Kettering picked up where they left off the first-half with half-chances from Brighton and Solkhon but couldn’t add to their 3-0 lead. A good spell from the visitors produced plenty of balls into the Poppies are abut White dealt with them efficiently to deny clear-cut scoring opportunities. The home side began to re-assert themselves as the game went on and almost had a fourth but for a fine save by Emery from Hoenes.

Emery was certainly the busier of the two keepers as he worked hard to deny his side from falling further behind but the damage had been done in the first 45 minute period. On the two occasions when Emery was beaten he had help from first Parr and then knight in clearing headers off the line. As the full time whistle approached Kettering were piling on the pressure but Emery kept the score down to just the three goals.

The final whistle sounded on Kettering’s fifth win in five starts and a clean sheet to improve their goal difference at the same time. The home crowd certainly enjoyed the sunny afternoon although the Poppies still sat second of goal difference to banbury Utd who also recorded their fifth win out of five, scoring five goal without reply at Dunstable Town.

Kettering’s next match is away to Romulus in the FA Cup first qualifying round on Sunday 3rd September, kick-off 2pm.

Att: 727

Kettering Town: White, Berry(Bateman 46), Brighton, Solkhon, Mulligan, Richens, Hoenes (Sundire 79), A.O’Connor, Howe, Milnes (Baker 79), Meilke. Subs: Stevens, Stohrer.

St Neots town: Emery, Bradshaw, Herd, Parr, McDevitt, Sembie-Ferris, Knight, Wiltshire, Watson, Clarke, Sinclair. Subs: Horne, Hyem.