Clinical Poppies 5-0 winners at home to Hitchin Town

Dec 22nd, 2018

Hitchin TownKettering Town

Kettering Town 5
Meikle 27
Richens 45
Holman 65
Solkhon 84pen, 88pen

Hitchin Town 0

Last Saturday was hardly the performance you’d expect from a title chasing team and this Saturday Kettering Town will need to quickly bounce back into winning ways against league strugglers Hitchin Town. Recent signing Cunnington starts again today and Hoenes makes a welcome return to the starting eleven.

The match gets underway at Latimer Park and Kettering straight down to business on a surface that looks like it will worsen during the afternoon as Hoenes shoots wide and at the other end a shot sails high over White’s crossbar. Back to back corners for the visitors as they begin to battle for possession.

Goal!GOAL: The Poppies certainly having to battle themselves so far this afternoon. Half and hour gone and Kettering surge forward, the ball is played into Lindon Meikle 25yds out and he looks up and curls a superb strike into the top corner. No chance for the keeper and Kettering take a 1-0 lead from a trademark wonderful strike from Meikle.

Kettering not having it all their own way in difficult conditions for sure but Hoenes races clear and almost doubles the lead but Johnson manages to scramble the ball out for a corner which ends in a free-kick for the visitors. Hitchin trying to play football on a muddy pitch and giving Kettering plenty to think about.

Goal!GOAL: Heading into the break and it’s a little scrappy with neither side able to retain possession for any length of time. A free-kick for the Canaries but the referee blows for a foul and Kettering clear the danger. The ball falls to Michael Richens just a little further out than Meikle’s strike but he fires a shot right into the top corner and Kettering are 2-0 up. Two superb strikes, two goals.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 2   Hitchin Town 0

The second-half gets underway at Latimer Park and the two teams have to try and get back to their respective rhythms on a tricky surface. Both sides seeing plenty of the ball but not able to create those quality chances that lead to goals and it’s back to being a little scrappy again.

Goal!GOAL: Cunnington wins a free-kick as Kettering trying to put something together but the visitors still battling away as White blocks Gallatin’s attempt and the follow up for Hitchin is wide. First swap out for the visitors. Kettering pressing and the ball falls to Dan Holman who fires in a good strike that beats the keeper and finds the bottom corner. It’s 3-0 to Kettering.

Cunnington is booked, much to the chagrin of the home support. Kettering bring on Ben Milnes and Ben Toseland for Kelly and Holman, Hitchin bring on Belgrave. A lot of the fight seems to have been knocked out of the visitors after they conceded a third, but they haven’t totally given up and are still battling gamely away. Kettering having to scramble the ball clear as Hitchin almost snatch one back.

Goal!GOAL: Aaron O’Connor comes on to replace Cunnington. Still the pitch is causing issues but for both sides and could benefit from a decent dry spell. Rhys Hoenes is jinking his way through in the penalty area and is chopped down, no question and easy decision for the referee, it’s a penalty. Up steps Brett Solkhon who sends the keeper the wrong to make it 4-0.

Goal!GOAL: Almost a case of deja-vu for the onlooking Poppies fans as Rhys Hoenes against dribbles into the area and again is brought down, not so clear-cut as the two players tangled this time but the same end result. It’s another penalty to Kettering. Again it’s Brett Solkhon who steps up and makes it 5-0.

Not much time added on but there goes the final whistle. Kettering are back on track, or at least appear to be as far as this afternoon’s game is concerned with a 5-0 win, a little harsh on the opposition who battled away all afternoon on a sticky surface. Kettering managed a clean sheet and they at least keep up the pressure on current leaders Stourbride.

It’s onto Boxing Day and a trip to bottom outfit Bedworth Utd next for Kettering before they travel to King’s Lynn next Saturday and then they are at home to AFC Rushden & Diamonds to close out the festive period.

Att: 650

Kettering Town: White, Solkhon, Stohrer, Richens, Meikle, Holman, Hoenes, Kelly-Evans, Kelly, Graham, Cunnington, Subs: Toseland, O’Connor, Milnes, Rowe-Turner.

Hitchin Town: