Richens sent off, Poppies hold on for narrow 1-0 win at home to King’s Lynn Town

Jan 1st, 2018

King's Lynn TownKettering Town

Kettering Town 1
O’Connor 20
Richens sent-off 78

King’s Lynn Town 0

Two wins from the festive period so far for Kettering Town as they head into the top of the table clash against current leaders King’s Lynn Town at Latimer Park on New Year’s Day. Brett Solkhon makes his 500th appearance for the Poppies.

Goal!GOAL: The match gets underway on a boggy pitch as both teams settle quickly into the match. O’Connor has the ball in the net but it’s ruled out for offside. Kettering defence looking a little dodgy but the attack is firing as Howe drives the ball across the area and Aaron O’Connor slides it home. This time it counts and the Poppies are 1-0 up.

The visitors trying to influence the referee at every decision and as if on cue a decent looking challenge from Toseland earns him a yellow card. The Linnets hit the post with White beaten as they are having their best spell. White races out his goal and takes down Mettam, the referee points to the spot and books the Poppies keeper. Up Steps Clunan but his chipped effort hits the crossbar and bounces out. Huge let-off for Poppies.

Mettam then catches White very late and earns a booking. This match is getting very feisty and could spark off at any minute. Kettering lead 1-0 but both defences are looking very shaky when under pressure. An entertaining first 45 minutes with plenty more to come in the second period after the break.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 1   King’s Lynn Town 0

The second-half gets underway and the visitors settle back into the match quickly to try and get back on level terms. Plenty of huffing and puffing but so far Poppies protecting their slender lead despite a couple of chances for the visitors which White has managed to thwart with fine saves with the aid of the defence throwing bodies in the way of shots. Kettering must find a way to retain some possession.

Gash shoots straight at White, as Kettering still under pressure form the visitors trying to equalise and can’t get a breather at the moment. A double change for the Linnets as Mettam and Lapin are replaced by Hawkins and Parker. Into the final fifteen minutes with Kettering hanging on at the moment and the visitors having all the possession. Kettering must work hard to close them down and get some time on the ball themselves.

Disaster for Kettering as Michael Richens is shown the red card and Kettering, already under a lot of pressure at the back, are down to 10 men. Pushing and shoving in the area and Richens loses his composure and puts him teams under even more pressure for the final 12 minutes or so. King’s Lynn will be having a real go now and it’s just the question of whether or not Kettering’s 10-men can hold onto their narrow 1-0 lead.

A rare burst forward from Poppies and Toseland goes down but play is waved on.with ten minutes remaining, can Poppies hold on for a vital victory that will take them back to the top of the table. Parker fires a volley over the crossbar as the visitors continue to press and Kettering content to boot the ball away and not mess about in defence. White collects a through ball and maintains his clean sheet so far and deserves to keep it.

Not exactly what ten-men Poppies wanted to hear, but there will be SIX minutes of time added on. King’s Lynn win a corner, it’s cleared by the over-worked Poppies defence. Tempers heating up at Latimer Park and Poppies make a change as Rhys Hoenes replaces Aaron O’Connor. Into time added on and Miekle is replaced by Thomas for Kettering. A head injury to a Linnets player just adds to the very long stoppage time Kettering will have to hang on for now.

It must have been about ten minutes added on but Kettering have done it. They lead through a first-half goal by Aaron O’Connor and then weathered the storm from King’s Lynn even after they had a man sent-off. A penalty miss cost the visitors dearly as Kettering grab all the points and head back to the top of the table. After a sketchy patch Kettering have now won three out of three over the festive period and are back on top.

Att: 1,019

Kettering Town: White, Bateman, Toseland, Solkhon, Marshall, Richens, Stohrer, O’Connor, Howe, Milnes, Miekle. Subs: Hoenes, Akindi, Stevens, Snow, Thomas.

King’s Lynn Town: Street, Norman, Blake-Tracy, Gaughran, Ward, Fryatt, Clunan, Jarvis, Gash, Mettam, Lappin. Subs: Siddons, Parker, Hawkins, McQuaid, Frary.