Poppies stalemate at home to York City

Dec 7th, 2019

York CityKettering Town

Kettering Town 0

York City 0

Coming off the back of an unbeaten run following the appointment of Paul Cox as manager, Kettering Town will face perhaps their toughest test so far when they host York City at Latimer Park this afternoon. York are 1pt off the top spot and the Poppies have dragged themselves out of the bottom slots and will hopefully continue their climb over the coming festive period.

A lively contested first 45 minutes with Kettering having perhaps the better chances and edging the encounter although going into the break it’s all level with no go goals so far.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 0   York City 0

Aaron O’Connor has a good chance at one end and then York break through Elliot Durrell who looks like he’s going to have a one-on-one but a superbly timed tackle from McGrath rescues the situation for Poppies. Kettering are pressing hard for the opener as Brett Solkhon stretches his neck but can’t get enough on the ball to steer it into the net and it goes over the crossbar.

Nti plays a ball in or possibly a shot as Meikle tries to get a connection but it’s moving to fast and the visitors survive another Poppies half-chance. York swap out Green for Moke with 70 minutes gone. McGrath gets a foot to the ball and puts it behind for a corner but a header from Nti half-clears before White collects the loose ball.

Taiy has been struggling with a knock as is replaced by Spratt for York. Kettering concede a corner its cleared, played back in and eventually scrambled clear for a throw. It’s not exactly end-to-end but both teams are looking to find a winner in the final ten minutes or so. Luke Graham drags his shot wide when unmarked at the far post, another chance gone begging for Kettering.

Double chance for Kettering as first Stohrer and then Meikle couldn’t find a way past York Keeper Jameson in the visitor’s goal. Kettering pile on the pressure as they win a corner but a foul against Green gives them some much-needed relief with five minutes of normal time remaining.

Into three minutes of time added-on and Kettering have certainly had the better chances in the second-half but have failed to convert on several occasions when it looked like it was easier to find the net. There goes the final whistle and it’s finished goal-less.

Looking at the opposition it was a good result for Kettering as they maintain their unbeaten run but they will look back and believe they should have taken all three points in a good performance at Latimer Park.

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