Match Report - Brackley Town Saints
Kettering Town FC: 1
Silvano Obeng 43
Brackley Town Saints: 0
Kettering Town FC: 2
Ben Baker 72
Reubus Richard-Noel > Liam Canavan45
Silvano Obeng > Ben Baker60
Danny Harmon > Ben Bradshaw75
Brackley Town Saints: 1
Josh Bowdon 67
Matt Johnson > Logan Kelling66
Henry Jackson > Matt Carr75
Josh Bowdon > Sam Hartley77
For the second Hillier Cup game this season, 16 year-old Ben Baker came off the bench to score the winner as The Poppies won tonight at Brackley Town Saints. The 72nd minute winner, followed Silvano Obeng’s 43rd minute opener for Kettering, and Josh Bowden’s 63rd minute equaliser for The Saints.
As expected, there were a number of changes with Bleu McNeil, Bruno Djujic, Peter Sweeney, Danny Harmon, Reubus Richard-Noel and Jevani Brown all starting. Elliot Sandy occupied an unusual role in central defence!
The playing surface was superb tonight and conducive for good football.
The game started at a fair pace, with Kettering’s Saul Williams crossing straight into the arms of home keeper, Dan Farrell and then drilling a 4th minute shot into the ground for an easy save.
Kettering custodian, Craig Hill, saved a Josh Bowden shot and then Kettering’s Silvano Obeng saw his shot deflect past the keeper only for the ball to be scrambled off the line.
Kettering had another chance as Reubus Richard-Noel robbed a defender and advanced on the right, only to blast his shot wide of the left upright.
The Saints were not without chances as Matt Hammond’s shot was saved and Hill was out to smother at the feet of Bowden. Then Hammond’s low cross on the left was left by Peter Sweeney, and he was grateful that there was no one on hand at the back post to finish.
Obeng had a header saved and Bleu McNeil’s cross was cleared away from the advancing Jevani Brown.
The young Poppies kept the pressure on at this stage and Farrell held a Will Grocott cross,and then Brown set up Obeng with a clear chance and the low shot was well saved.
The same Kettering combination then created the first goal, on 43 minutes, as Obeng took Brown’s pass, turned well to take out two defenders, and rounded Farrell to score.
In the next minute, Hill pulled off the save of the game to date, as he stopped Bowden’s effort.
Finally in the half, Williams and Brown combined to set up Obeng but the defence got in a good clearance.
Liam Canavan replaced the limping Richard-Noel at half time.
The second half was only seconds old when a cross from the right found Saints’ Matt Johnson and somehow he screwed a clear chance wide of the right post.
Kettering the had a great chance to extend their lead, but Danny Harmon on the right took a bad touch and Farrell easy collected.
On 50 minutes, Farrell was out to smother from Obeng, and a couple of minutes later Canavan glanced a header wide from Brown’s cross.
Brown then got clear – but ballooned his right foot shot over the bar.
Saints began to have the better of the play and their endeavour saw them equalise after 63 minutes. Substitute, Logan Kelling, with his first touch sent in a cross from the left and Bowden swept the ball in.
Kettering responded and Williams fired over. Ben Baker had entered the fray on 60 minutes, replacing Obeng, and, playing on the right, was looking lively.
He scored with a well worked goal in the 72nd minute as he sent Brown clear on the right. The ball was pulled back for Baker to score with an accurate finish - albeit that Farrell got his fingers to the ball.
The Poppies played out the game in the last 20 minutes with Hill only having one simple save to make and they survived an injury time shout for a penalty as a Kettering’s Sandy went down in the 18 yard box with an attacker.
For Kettering, Brown saw a shot well saved by Farrell and Williams’ left foot shot was wild.
Attendance: 87 (Poppies Fans: 25)
Poppies Man of the Match: Bleu McNeil