Poppies run out narrow 2-1 winners at home to Tamworth

Jan 5th, 2019

TamworthKettering Town

Kettering Town 2
Meikle 30
Holman 55pen

Tamworth 1
Mapmosa 58
Jemdon sent off 84

After the amazing scenes at Latimer Park on New Year’s Day Kettering Town pick back up their title pursuit at home to Tamworth in what will certainly be a less intensive atmosphere but with the same 3pts at stake as any other game. After gaining ground on current leaders Stourbridge the Poppies must keep the pressure firmly on the table toppers by keeping winning.

The match gets underway in a more subdued atmosphere at Latimer Park and the home side settle the quicker putting early pressure on the visitor’s goal. O’Connor fell ill shortly before kick-off and Cunnington returns to the starting line-up. Richens, yet to serve his suspension rockets a strike that the keeper tips over the crossbar.

Goal!GOAL: Kettering win back-to-back corners but they cannot convert. It’s been all Kettering so far and the Lambs haven’t really had much of a look in. On the half-hour mark and the ball is played in to Lindon Meikle who looks up and fires one of his trademark strikes into the bottom corner of the net. With 30 minutes gone it’s 1-0 to Kettering.

A shot from Kelly is dragged wide of the target. The first half comes to an end with Kettering dominating the half and going ahead on the half-hour mark but haven’t yet turned their dominance into more goals. They must convert some of these chances in the second period while they have the visitors under their spell.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 1   Tamworth 0

Goal!GOAL: The second-half gets underway at Latimer Park with the Poppies looking to add to their slender lead, but the first chance goes to the visitors and White has to be alert to palm the effort away. Hoenes is played in and surges into the area and is brought down. Referee points to the spot, up steps Dan Holman and it’s 2-0 to Kettering.

Goal!GOAL: No sooner had Kettering taken a two-goal lead than it was reduced back to a single goal. Stanley upends Jarell in the area and the referee again points to the spot. The spot kick is well saved by White from Smith, but Mapmosa is quickest to react and it’s 2-1, game on.

Kettering perhaps thought they’d already won the match but they have been given a swift warning that they can’t sit back and relax yet. Substitution for Kettering as Brett Solkhon replaces Adam Cunnington on 77 minutes. Rhys Hoenes looks to be through on goal but he’s brought down by Charlie Jemdon and the referee deems it was a red card offence and Tamworth are down to ten men on 84 minutes.

Hoenes almost wraps it up but the ball comes back off the upright and its still 2-1 to Kettering. Normal time is up and a yellow card for Tamworth’s Michael Taylor. Into three minutes of time added on for Kettering to see this one out and claim all three points. Kelly-Eavns gets a yellow for a late challenge and there goes the final whistle.

Perhaps not Kettring’s best performance of the season in a game they should have wrapped up before half-time. The visitor’s came back into it but eventually the Poppies managed to run out narrow winners and gain all three points which are vital to sustain their title challenge. It’s onto Coalville Town next Saturday for the Poppies.

Att: 805

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