Struggling Poppies scrape a narrow 2-1 win away to bottom outfit Bedworth Utd

Dec 26th, 2018

Kettering TownBedworth Utd

Bedworth Utd 1
Hancocks 87

Kettering Town 2
Cunnington 3
Hoenes 58

Saturday’s runaway 5-0 win looks to have gotten Kettering Town back on track to challenge for the league title and they have another chance to stake a claim when play bottom outfit Bedworth Utd away on Boxing Day hoping to continue their return to form through the festive period.

Kettering get off to a flyer when a flick on by Hoenes sees Adam Cunnington head home past the keeper and into the bottom corner doe his first goal on his return to the club after 3 minutes have gone. It’s 1-0 to Kettering.

Kettering have struggled to impose their authority after a good start and head into the break still leading by that single goal.

Half-time:   Bedworth Utd 0   Kettering Town 1

The struggles continue in the second-half for the Poppies and a couple of changes at the break by the hosts keep them battling away and matching the effort put in by Kettering.

Finally what appears to be the breakthrough shortly before the hour mark as Hoenes is played in and deftly flicks the ball over the keeper and into the net. 58 minutes gone and it’s 2-0 to Kettering. Can they stride on from here to take complete control.

Despite a 2-0 cushion Kettering look anything but home and dry as the side currently rock-bottom of the league are looking very dangerous going forward and White is keeping his side from being embarrassed here with some good saves. Kettering are holdind on heading into the final ten minutes.

Its been coming and a goal for the hosts in the 87 minute by James Hancocks sees the Poppies lead cut to just one goal. They will throw everything they have at us now and it’s up to Kettering to show some character in the final few minutes to close this one out.

Bedworth almost equalise at the death but the ‘goal’ is ruled out for offside and Kettering breathe a sigh of relief as the final whistle goes. Certainly not the best performance against a side that barring a miracle looks destined for relegation at the end of the season but the Poppies do eventually come away with all 3pts and keep the pressure on current leaders Stourbridge.

Two tough games for Poppies coming up, away to King’s Lynn Town on Saturday and then they host AFC Rushden & Diamonds on New Year’s Day.

Att: 404

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