Sorry-looking ten man Poppies beaten 3-0 at home to St Ives Town

Dec 1st, 2018

St Ives TownKettering Town

Kettering Town 0
Holman – sent-off

St Ives Town 3
Snaith 22
Cartwright 33
Kelly 40

A ultimately disappointing result on Tuesday night saw Kettering Town‘s lead at the top of the table cut back to just three points but they have an opportunity to maintain the pressure on the chasers at home to St Ives Town this Saturday.

The match gets underway at Latimer Park, nothing much happening in the early exchanges with both teams a little slow to get into this one. Kettering have the ball in the back of the net but the officials ruled the ball had gone of out play as the cross came in.

Goal!GOAL: No such luck for Poppies from the linesman as they fall behind to a Snaith strike on 22 minutes. Back in the visitors area and a clear handball is waved on by the referee. Kettering must work harder at a cold Latimer Park where there’s not much to warm up the home fans so far.

Goal!GOAL: Better from Kettering but ultimately Meikle’s shot is pulled wide of the target. It’s turning into a miserable afternoon so far as Kettering’s defence looking very fragile as they conceded a second goal, again from a cross and they are now 2-0 down.

Goal!GOAL: It’s all falling apart at Latimer Park this afternoon as Kettering concede a third goal from a free-kick and it’s hard to see them getting much out of this one the way they are playing. It’s 3-0 to St Ives Town who have so far looked good for their lead.

It’s been a disastrous first-half so far and the visitors are all over Kettering and seem to be able to score at will against a very poor looking Poppies defence. As if trailing 3-0 wasn’t bad enough, Dan Holman is given his marching orders and Kettering are now down to ten men. I think it’s not surprising to say barring a miracle of epic proportions this one has already been lost.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 0   St Ives Town 3

The second-half gets underway with ten-man Kettering having a mountain to climb. They win an early corner, but’s its easily cleared, they need a quick goal if they are to stand any chance of even a point today. An early change as Durrell Berry is replaced by Gary Stohrer on 53 minutes. Three minutes later and Lindon Meikle is replaced by Ben Milnes.

St Ives have time on their side and an extra man advantage, they look to kill off the clock and the game. Can’t really blame them as they’ve been very clinical with their finishing and exploited a very poorly defended Kettering goal at every opportunity. Hoenes goes down in the box but the referee waves play on.

The final change for Kettering as Luke Graham makes way for Ben Toseland on 67 minutes, but still no sign of an epic Poppies comeback as we head into the final 20 minutes or so. Kettering have a chance on the edge of the box, up steps Miles but his strike hits the wall, that figures on this afternoons team showing, it’s just not our day.

Into the final ten minutes but this game was over as a contest long ago to be honest. The official time added on is five minutes, but I’m sure the players are ready to get into the dressing room and put this one behind them. Penalty to Kettering four minutes into stoppage time. It’s Ben Milnes to take it and would you believe it he’s blasted it high over the crossbar. We couldn’t even score a consolation from the penalty spot. A really bad day at the office for Kettering.

There thankfully goes the final whistle. Congrats to St Ives, fully deserved the easy win. It’s been a rough week for Kettering and especially the normally solid defence. They’ve leaked seven goals and seen a five-point lead over second-placed Stourbridge eroded completely. It’s onto their next match at home to Barwell at Latimer Park on Tuesday night and they’ll now be looking over their shoulder again as they are on top only by goal difference but do have a couple of games in hand they will need to win.

Att: 653

Kettering Town: White, Berry, Richens, Meikle, O’Connor, Holman, Hoenes, Kelly-Evans, Graham, Kelly, Rowe-Turner. Subs: Toesland, Solklhon, Stohrer, Milnes, Towers.

St Ives Town: Conway, Jackson, De’Ath, Sundire, Cartwright, Wilson, Baker, Parker, Snaith, Kelly, Seymour-Shove. Subs: Hood, Wallis, Ward, Wilson, Bailey.