Rampant Poppies 5-1 winners at home to Bedworth Utd

Aug 27th, 2018

Bedworth UtdKettering Town

Kettering Town 5
Kelly 6, 67
Kelly-Evans 16
Milnes 48
Hoenes 60

Bedworth Utd 1
Dubidat 4

A narrow 1-0 victory against the second-placed team on Saturday saw Kettering Town increase their lead at the top of the table to four points. Today they play bottom outfit Bedworth Utd and are hoping for a similar result, but preferably without the drama of the two sending offs, one for each side, that transformed the early stage of Saturday’s encounter at Barwell.

Goal!GOAL: The match gets underway at Latimer Park with Kettering attacking the Morrison’s end of the ground. A slip up in the Poppies defence as the ball drops to Dubidat who cleverly avoids the defender and slots it into the far corner. Four minutes gone and it’s 1-0 to Bedworth.

Goal!GOAL: Kettering recover quickly from the early setback of going a goal behind at home and it’s the man in form Marcus Kelly who pulls his side back on level terms at 1-1 just two minutes later. A good build up found Rhys Hoenes who escaped his marker, crossed the ball and Kelly flicked it past the keeper and into the net.

Goal!GOAL: Plenty of attacking play from both side and Kettering applying the pressure after going behind and then pulling back level. Another good piece of build-up play and Milnes is the provider for Dion Kelly-Evans who nodded it into the corner past the stranded keeper. It’s 2-1 to Kettering with just 16 minutes gone.

It’s all Kettering at the moment who are certainly buoyed from taking the lead after coming from behind. Kelly is just beaten to a header by the keeper as Kettering press forward. Milnes plays in Kelly but the Poppies striker is denied by a fine save from the Bedworth goalie Dan Crane on 24 minutes. Back to back corners for Poppies but Solkhon’s header goes over the crossbar with half-an-hour gone and the home side leading 2-1.

Ben Toseland has a shot blocked after being played in by Kelly. Kettering definitely in the ascendancy but the visitors are by no means looking like a side that has only managed one point from their first three fixtures and there’s still plenty to come in this one. Heading into the half-time break and it’s quietened down a little after a hectic start to the afternoon that saw three goals in 15 minutes.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 2   Bedworth Utd 1

Goal!GOAL: The second-half gets underway as the visitors kick-off. Kettering looking to close this one out press the Bedworth defence and Hoenes wins the ball, Stohrer tries his luck, it’s blocked, follow up is saved by the keeper but Ben Milnes is quickest to react and slots the ball into the net. With 48 minutes gone it’s 3-1 to Kettering.

Goal!GOAL: Stohrer flying down the wing is cynically brought down by Fitzharris who quite rightly goes into the referee’s notebook. Kelly shoots wide on 53 minutes after being released by a good ball from Hoenes. Rhys Hoenes is rewarded for his work rate this afternoon with a goal on the hour mark to put Kettering firmly in control at 4-1. Hoenes cleverly brought it under control, stepped inside the defender and smashed it into the bottom corner past a stranded Crane in the visitor’s goal.

Goal!GOAL: Hoenes yet again terrorizing the Bedworth defence and again he’s cynically chopped down and again the referee is way too lenient with just a booking for Whitmore. The Poppies bench is understandably incensed by the very late high challenge which really warranted a red card. Kettering respond in the best way possible as Marcus Kelly makes it 5-1. His first long strike was saved but he collected the rebound dummied the keeper and then chipped it over him into the net, classic.

A decent crowd in attendance this afternoon at Latimer Park and they are being rewarded by an excellent performance from their team despite that early minor hiccup of going a goal down on 4 minutes. Since then Kettering have settled down and eventually dominated the visitors defence with Rhys Hoenes and Marcus Kelly running riot to the delight of the home crowd. Kettering ringing the changes with Hoenes and Stohrer replaced by Rhiney and Davidson-Miller. Ben Milnes is quite rightly booked for a late challenge on Troke.

A final swap for the Poppies as Richens is replaced by Berry. White has to tip away a rare Bedworth effort on goal as we head into the final ten minutes with this game long over as a contest at 5-1 to Kettering. That really should have been six, Kelly denied his hat-trick by the keeper, it falls to Milnes but with the goal at his mercy smashes it over the crossbar. The match goes into three minutes of stoppage time as Kettering head for five wins-out-of five.

Solkhon fires over from close range. There goes the final whistle, and Kettering maintain their 100% start to the new season and in some style, dispatching visitors Bedworth Utd 5-1 after falling behind in the fourth minute. A good afternoon for both the Poppies and the home fans in attendance and next up for Kettering is an away trip to Stratford Town on Saturday.

Att: 845

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