Match Report - Weymouth
Kettering Town FC: 2
Dominic Langdon 41
Liam Canavan 42
James Brighton 18
Chris Shephard 02
Mark Molesley 44
Kettering Town FC: 2
Oliver Thorne 85
Ben Thomson 71
Adam Kelly 76
Mark Cooper 62
IN A NUTSHELL:
After 3 weeks without a game, Kettering conceded a third minute goal, scored by Chris Shephard. However, they went in leading 2-1 at the break, with two goals in a minute through Dom Langdon and Liam Canavan. The Terras had a purple patch in 15 second half minutes scoring through Ben Thomson and Kelly again and despite constant pressure in the last 10 minutes the Poppies could not level the score.
Kettering keeper, Paul Walker,and home striker George Rigg were both taken to hospital with gashed heads following a nasty 23rd minute clash.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
In the only change,Wilson Carvalho was left out and Ollie Thorne returned into the centre of defence with Brett Solkhon moving into midfield.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:
The Poppies were a goal down after just three minutes. They were undone on their left Chris Shephardtook the through ball from Adam Kelly and rounded keeper Paul Walker and blasted high into the net.
Kelly was in action three minutes later as he cut inside on the right and his left foot shot was held by Walker.
It was all Weymouth as Kettering were so slow to get going and George Rigg tested Walker on 9 minutes as he got the better of Chris Carruthers-but the keeper was well positioned to save.
The Poppies got home keeper Jason Matthews into the action in the 12th minute as Brett Solkhon’s back header from a throw in fell at Matthews’ feet.
The Poppies best move to date saw Gary Mulligan fire just over from 20 yards after a neat build up.
There was a nasty clash of heads on 22 minutes as Walker came out to head the ball clear at the edge of his area and Rigg collided with him. As both players were clearly injured and prostrate,the Referee allowed the play to continue and Carruthers made a dramatic goal line headed clearance from Chris Shephard’s shot.
When the trainers were eventually allowed on, both players had to leave the field to go to hospital. Brett Solkhon took over in goal for Kettering and Wilson Carvalho was introduced.
The game settled down a little with the only effort on goal in the next ten minutes saw Ben Thomson head wide.
The Poppies then rocked their hosts with two goals in about a minute just before the break.
Liam Canavan was always in the game and his 40th minute left foot shot was just palmed wide by Matthews.
From the corner on the right, James Brighton’s cross was met by Dom Langdon and his header from 6 yards gave Matthews no chance.
The Poppies then took the lead in their very next attack. Brighton, this time on the left sent in a lovely cross and Canavan bisected two defenders to bundle the ball in.
After six minutes of added time in the half the Poppies went in 2-1 up.
Kettering were in the ascendancy after the break and had another good spell. After an early corner the ball fell to Ollie Thorne – but the shot was out of the ground.
Then Carvalho had a good run on the right but his dangerous low cross was cleared. Rene Howe was doing sterling work up top and his set up for Canavan saw the shot go wide.
Weymouth’s first real attack of the half saw a cross/shot from Shephard on the left beat Solkhon but come off the top of the bar.
Kettering soon responded and Brighton’s free kick saw Howe win the header and the ball came off the bar and was scrambled clear.
The Poppies still kept coming forward with Howe creating space on the right and the cross cleared. Then Carvalho had a run on the right and Matthews saved the shot.
After 70 minutes, ring rusty Kettering began to tire and Weymouth began to exert some pressure. Solkhon made a great save from Shephard on 70 minutes and from the resulting corner the Terras equalised. The ball was initially cleared but worked back in and Thomson found the ball at his feet 12 yards out and he blasted high into the net.
Weymouth smelt a win and just five minutes later, scored again. This time it was a one man effort as Kelly came in from the right and teed up a left foot shot into the far corner,giving Solkhon no chance.
Courtney Baker-Richardson and Elliot Sandy were introduced and, in the final ten minutes, the Poppies piled on the pressure with at one time all 22 players in the Weymouth half for a couple of corners.
Despite all the possession, long throws into the six yard box and goalmouth action the home team held out and Baker-Richardson’s blocked shot was the only real danger.
The Poppies, who wore the Kettering Tyres shirts today, are back in action next Saturday, 30th January, when they face another hard game away at Hungerford.
Weymouth 3 - 2 Kettering Town
Attendance: 637 (Away fans estimated at 100)
Poppies man of the match: Rene Howe