Defensively frail Poppies hammered 4-1 away to Banbury Utd

Dec 15th, 2018

Kettering TownBanbury Utd

Banbury Utd 4
Wise 39
Shamsi 59, 70
Kaziboni 63

Kettering Town 1
Holman 54pen

Heading into the festive period and Kettering Town‘s recent lean spell has finally seem them knocked off the top of the table. Despite getting back to winning ways last Saturday they were overtaken at the top by Stourbridge in midweek. Today’s match away to Banbury Utd will be another tough challenge for the Poppies and they welcome new signing Adam Cunnington into the starting lineup as they pull out all the stops to chase the league title.

The match gets underway under poor weather conditions but a good start from Kettering as O’Connor can’t quite turn to shape his shot and it goes wide of the target. A decent chance for the home side but it’s put behind for a corner and Kettering clear. Marcus Kelly is pulled back and the offender receives a yellow card.

Kelly fires a free-kick over the crossbar and the hosts almost break the deadlock but it goes wide. An open game in very windy conditions could easily lead to mistakes in defence and plenty of goals. Poppies keeper Paul White takes a free-kick that almost ends up in the Banbury net but bounces just wide after beating the Pilgrim’s keeper. Kelly shoved off the ball, but referee waves play on.

Goal!GOAL: A curling center from Holman just evades the boot of O’Connor and at the other end a slip by Berry allows a close-in strike that Paul White does well to save. Kettering’s defence has looked a little frail this afternoon and a perfect cross is gratefully headed past the over-exposed White by Charlie Wise and Banbury are 1-0 up.

New signing Adam Cunnington plays in Holman but his strike is saved. Kettering have a corner but it’s wasted and easily cleared by the home defence. The half-time whistle sounds, plenty of chances for Kettering but they’ve spurned them and were made to pay right before the break. Poppies keeper White is seeing way too much of the ball and that needs to be addressed after the break.

Half-time:   Banbury Utd 1   Kettering Town 0

Goal!GOAL: The second-half gets underway Banbury have the first real chance but White makes the save. Back at the other end Holman hits a free-kick into the wall. Here’s a big opportunity as Kettering are awarded a penalty. There have bene a few misses of late from the penalty spot but up steps Dan Holman and levels the score for Kettering at 1-1.

Goal!GOAL: No sooner have Kettering been thrown a lifeline to get back on level terms than they concede a second. They have been leaking goals in recent matches and it looks like today will be no exception. Another corner by the hosts and the Poppies don’t seem to be able to defend well from set pieces. It’s 2-1 to Banbury. This is not championship defending from Kettering.

Goal!GOAL: Cunnington makes space but fires high over the crossbar. Oh dear, oh dear. Kettering’s focus has been on signing goal scorers but they may need to look to shore up the defence as they concede a third goal and the defence is all over the place. It’s a little too easy for the hosts as they out-pace a static Poppies backline and a cross is slotted low past the exposed White and into the net. 3-1 to Banbury.

Goal!GOAL: Stohrer comes on for Poppies but his first touch is not great. He perhaps will have wished he’d stayed on the bench as he witnesses Kettering conceding a fourth. Another bad day at the office for Kettering this afternoon and they are being hammered 4-1 as the home side seem to be able to score at will.

into the final 20 minutes or so as Kettering make a double swap, on comes Graham and Hoenes but it would take a minor miracle to get back into this one without conceding more goals. We are just not competing this afternoon and it looks like that fourth goal has completely knocked the stuffing out of the Poppies players. It’s looking more likely Banbury could get a 5th than Poppies reduce the deficit.

Into stoppage time but this match was over long ago and the Poppies players certainly wishing the referee would blow for full time and get their miserable afternoon behind them. Kettering have only gained four points out of their last 12, have conceded a hatful of goals and lost their top spot. They have plenty to work on as they head into the festive period.


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