Poppies continue progress with late win at Spennymoor Town

Jan 12th, 2020

Kettering TownSpennymoor Town

Spennymoor Town 1
Taylor 59

Kettering Town 2
Taylor 63
Law 90

Looking to continue their current run of results under Paul Cox a revitalised Kettering Town travel to Spennymoor Town who, like the Poppies, got off to a poor start but have since climbed the table and currently occupy 6th place and are looking to ahead towards securing a play-off spot. Unlike recent weeks Paul Cox is at least able to name a full set of substitutes and a result against Spennymoor will go a long way to continue the positive momentum he has built up since taking over the club.

Following on from their narrow victory over, then 6th placed, Farsley Celtic in their last match Kettering traveled north to County Durham and Brewery Field with a belief that they could come away with some sort of result. The first-half saw the home side pressing their visitors to try and get that vital early goal and break down the resistance posed by the Poppies to not concede and hand over the initiative to their hosts.

The home side came the closest to breaking the deadlock not least right before the stroke of half-time but some resolute defending especially by Poppies keeper Paul White saw the two teams enter the dressing rooms at half-time still goaless, perhaps more to the delight of Kettering supporters on the terraces, than the home fans.

Half-time: Spennymoor Town 0 Kettering Town 0

Goal!GOAL: The second-half saw the home side come out with a real determination to break down the visitor’s stubborn resistance and right before the hour mark it was Glen Taylor who gave them the lead courtesy of a deflected free-kick that left keeper White stranded as it came off the underside of the bar and into the goal.

Goal!GOAL: The home fans roared their team on looking to increase their lead now the deadlock had been broken. However it was the away fans that were suddenly cheering the loudest as a ball into the box saw a scramble which ended with Marcus Kelly and Matt Taylor nudging the ball past Gould in the home goal to level the score at 1-1 on 63 minutes.

It was back to stout resistance for the Poppies as the home side recovered from the shock of conceding an equaliser and pressed again for the lead. Both sides could have scored but it was the home side who had more chances as the clock slowly ticked away to the delight of the traveling fans who saw a possible draw as a point gained against a decent Spennymoor outfit.

Goal!GOAL: As the match went into five minutes of time added on the Poppies fans were hoping their side could hold on and keep out the visitors increasing pressure for a winner. Four minutes into stoppage time and Poppies on-loan debutee Jason Law hit a superb strike that flew passed Gould and into the net and the away fans erupted in celebration.

Law had come on earlier as a substitute and his final contribution to his debut match was to fire his new team mates into a 2-1 lead which proved to be conclusive at the final whistle. Another solid performance under difficult windy conditions on the road against a decent outfit. Perhaps a little unexpected and a little late but Poppies management duo of Paul Cox and John Ramshaw will be delighted their side battled hard and came away with all three points.


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