Poppies comfortable 3-0 winners at home to ten-man Banbury Utd

Mar 9th, 2019

Banbury UtdKettering Town

Kettering Town 3
Hoenes 20
Stohrer 26
Solkhon 34

Banubury Utd 0
Hotter sent-off 18

After a disappointing performance on Tuesday night Kettering Town are back at Latimer Park to try and get back to their previous form that has seen them go eight points clear at the top of the table. Their opponents, Banbury Utd, handed the Poppies a 4-1 hammering in the earlier fixture but have struggled of late and with 4pts deducted are in mid-table, but will no doubt still give Kettering a tough game this afternoon.

The match is underway at a windy Latimer Park making conditions difficult for both teams this afternoon. A scrappy opening 15 minutes with neither side able to gain control of the ball for more than a couple of passes but the visitors are pressing well. First real dramatic incident of the afternoon is the dismissal of Edmund Hotter following a terrible two-footed, high challenge from the former Poppy and Banbury are down to ten men.

Goal!GOAL: Kettering immediately on the attack but gifted a ball and its lifted over the top as Rhys Hoenes quickly latches onto the loose ball and rounds the keeper to slot into an empty net. A dramatic three minutes sees Kettering a man up and now leading by that partially gifted goal, finished clinically by Hoenes. Twenty minutes gone and Kettering are 1-0 up.

Goal!GOAL: Kettering press again to try and turn the screw now they have the double advantage of an extra man and the opening goal. The ball is played in and it eventually finds Gary Stohrer who hits in on the volley and smashes it into the top corner. Great finish and Kettering are 2-0 up with 26 minutes gone.

Goal!GOAL: The visitors still haven’t given up on this one and looked to have scored a goal as White is beaten, but a last touch by Amer Awadh raises the linesman’s flag as he was offside. He should have left it alone as it was already heading into the net. He is immediately punished with a clinical finish from Brett Solkhon that makes it 3-0 and the game is surely already over as a contest.

A late but not overly-zealous challenge from Craig Stanley earns him a yellow card from the referee and the Banbury free-kick is eventually cleared. Good passing build up from kettering earns a corner but it comes to nothing.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 3   Banbury Utd 0

The second-half gets underway with Kettering picking up where they left off and hoping to add to their goal difference against their ten-man opponents. Kettering are pushing but cannot quite match the clinical finishing they showed in the first half and the visitors are still battling away despite the one-man disadvantage. Holman’s strike is easily collected by Harding in the Banbury goal. Shamsi is replaced by Kazaboni for the visitors.

A little scrappy as the windy conditions still making life difficult at Latimer Park, but a healthy crowd are in attendance to watch what is looking like their side going eleven points clear at the top of the table with Stourbridge not in action today, meaning the two games in-hand that Kettering had have now been ‘used-up’. Banbury make another change as Nash is replaced by Finch with 18 or so minutes left.

Kettering have certainly eased off the pedal in the last few minutes and are working to ensure they get the result rather than the all-out performance and adding to their goal tally. Kazaboni has a strike on goal but White collects. Ben Bradshaw and James Brighton are introduced into the game and replace Kelly and Meikle for Poppies. Stohrer replaced by Bed Toseland as Poppies make their final substitution. There goes the final whistle and Kettering go eleven points clear at the top of the table.

Att: 760

Kettering Town: White, Solkhon, Richens, Stohrer, Meikle, Hoenes, Kelly, Holman, Towers, Standley, Kelly-Evans. Subs: Brighton, Toseland, Milnes, Bradshaw, Row-Turner.

Banbury Utd: Harding, Taylor, Nash, Wise, Shamsi, Hotter, Laciofano, Awadh, Henderson, Odhiambo, Rasulo. Subs: Anaele, Heapy, Kazaboni, MacDonald, Finch.