Rampant Poppies 5-0 winners at home to Merthyr Town

Oct 4th, 2017

Merthyr TownKettering Town

Kettering Town 5
Stevens 22, 44
O’Connor 63
Stohrer 69
Toseland 82

Merthyr Town 0

Another round in the FA Cup safely negotiated brings table-toppers Kettering Town back to the ‘bread and butter’ of competing for promotion and the visit to Latimer Park of fellow promotion chasers Merthyr Town this Saturday. While the Poppies currently hold the top spot their visitors occupy 5th place and matches between these two teams are always a competitive fixture on the calendar.

The match gets underway at Latimer Park with a decent crowd in attendance this afternoon. The home side settle quickly with a series of corners but unable get past a busy visitor’s defence in the opening ten minute or so. Merthyr win a corner but it’s easily cleared as the two teams settling down after a busy start.

Goal!GOAL: Kettering defending well when needed but showing more urgency up front again as Meikle wins a free-kick within shooting range of the Merthyr goal. Well I’m not sure I’d call it a shot for sure but Matt Stevens‘s directed free-kick is untouched as it sails over everyone’s heads and into the bottom corner of the net. Kettering are 1-0 up.

More half-chances at both ends with Kettering still pressing forward after taking the lead. The balance has tipped slightly in favour of the visitors who are trying hard to get back on level terms before the break as heavy rain arrives at Latimer Park which could make things tricky for the second 45 minutes.

Goal!GOAL: Wright collects comfortably in the Poppies goal from a well struck effort. Well it was Merthyr who were trying to sneak on before the break but it turns out they fall further behind as Kettering take a 2-0 lead virtually on the stroke of half-time. Richens well struck effort is flicked in by Matt Stevens.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 2   Merthyr Town 0

Goal!GOAL: A through ball by Matt Stevens finds Aaron O’Connor and lands perfectly at his feet and he completes the move by chipping the keeper and into the net. Poppies 3-0 up and in control now.

Goal!GOAL: Another accurate through ball this time finds Poppies substitute Stohrer and he collects well, rounds the keeper and slots into the net. It’s 4-0 to Poppies and they are heading for their 9th win in 10 matches and retaining their top spot in the table.

Goal!GOAL: Full time is fast approaching and at 4-0 Kettering aren’t taking their foot off the pedal. The ball finds Toseland and his hot is deflected into the net and looked like an own goal but no doubt he’ll be claiming it anyway. It’s 5-0 on 82 minutes and the game is well and truly over.

Att: 857

Kettering Town: Wright, Berry, Toseland, Willock, Mulligan, Richens, Hoenes, O’Connor (Sundire 77), Stevens, Milnes (Stohrer 72), Meikle (Brighton 83). Unused Subs: Baker, Solkhon.

Merthyr town: O.Davies, A.Davies, Pring, Evans, Wright, Bowen (McDonald 62), Patten, Touray (Morgan 80), Richards, Traylor, Tancock (Jenkins 62). Unused Subs: Copp, Patten.