Match Report - Dorchester Town
Kettering Town FC: 0
Gary Mulligan 30
Dorchester Town: 0
Kettering Town FC: 1
Rene Howe 74
Lewis Hornby > Nathan Hicks65
Spencer Weir-Daley > Aaron O Connor65
Rene Howe > Mathew Barnes-Homer76
Dorchester Town: 0
David Jerrard > Lewis Morgan 72
MATCH SPONSORS: Prestige and Homemaker-Park and Leisure Homes
IN A NUTSHELL: It wasn’t pretty but it was a win. Rene Howe’s 73rd minute stab in won the game after Luke Smeeton had missed a 62nd minute penalty for Dorchester. The Poppies had the better of play although the Magpies made some incisive breaks and created a couple of good chances.
THE KETTERING SQUAD: With Liam Canavan serving a one match ban for five yellow cards, Lewis Hornby started. Brett Solkhon started in central defence with James Haran moving to right back and Nathan Hicks to the bench.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: The Poppies started well again, attacking the Morrisons end in the autumn sunshine. In the first 7 minutes, Spencer Weir-Daley put in two decent shots- both saved by Shane Murphy and Wilson Carvalho also got one on target also fielded by Murphy. In the Magpies first attack, Tom Blair found himself clear on the left and Kettering keeper, Dean Snedker, got down very well to make a good save. The subsequent corner was half cleared and Ben Wood’s shot found a Kettering boot clearing away in the six yard box. It was then Kettering’s turn to have a shot cleared off the line as, from a corner, two efforts from Rene Howe were cleared away from the line by Murphy and then a defender. Ben Wood’s 12th minute left foot shot was just wide of the left upright. It had been an exciting first period as the game somehow remained goalless. As the game settled it was Kettering with the next chance- a one-two between Howe and James Brighton saw Howe’s left foot effort drift wide of the right post. Brighton the set up another chance for Howe- but the shot was high. Kettering kept the initiative before the break and Brighton’s cross was headed onto the top of the net by Paul Malone. Just prior to the break, a free kick for Kettering was headed on by Howe and Weir-Daley’s goalbound shot was well blocked.
Half Time: Kettering Town 0 - 0 Dorchester Town
Kettering’s first free kick of the half, two minutes in, saw Lewis Hornby’s cross destined for the head of James Haran who was clear on goal- but the young Australian completely missed the ball. Another set piece saw Malone head across goal and Weir-Daley could just not get a touch as Murphy cleared for a corner. From the restart Hornby’s cross was headed back across goal by Malone and Brett Solkhon headed over the bar. Dorchester came straight back and on 54 minutes Wood’s left foot shot deflected off a defender and hit the bar. The Poppies forced three corners and put Dorchester under some pressure- which they survived. A 60th minute Hornby direct free kick sailed over the bar. Dorchester won a penalty on 62 minutes. Luke Smeeton running away from goal, stopped and went down under Malone’s tame challenge. It was a soft penalty. Smeeton got up to fire the penalty onto the top of the crossbar and out for a goal kick. A minute later bad play from both Solkhon and Gary Mulligan presented Wood with a chance – but Snedker got across to save and spare his teammates some embarrassment. As Kettering began to force the visitors back again, Solkhon had a great chance from Brighton’s right side corner – but headed firmly wide of the right post. More Kettering pressure and corners followed until they finally put the ball in the net in the 73rd minute. Brighton’s corner was not cleared and Rene Howe had a simple finish from a few yards out. The Poppies began to consolidate the lead to restrict chances for the visitors. In fact Kettering had another good chance as Solkhon again headed over a Brighton corner. As the game came to a conclusion, the only real chance for Dorchester saw Malone get in a last ditch and saving header from a testing cross from the right.
A second home league win of the season and merely a visit now to league leaders,Leamington, on Tuesday night! This is followed by successive home games to Cinderford Town next Saturday and Frome Town on the following Tuesday.
Full Time: Kettering Town 1 - 0 Dorchester Town
Sponsors, Prestige and Homemaker - Park and Leisure Homes, Poppies, Elgoods Man of the Match: Brett Solkhon
Klondike (£125) Number 11742 : Winner: Tim Walpole
Kettering Town: 1 Dean Snedker 2 James Haran 3 Dom Langdon 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) 5 Paul Malone 6 Gary Mulligan 7 Wilson Carvalho 8 Spencer Weir-Daley (14 Aaron O’Connor, 64) 9 Rene Howe (17 Matthew Barnes-Homer,77) 10 Lewis Hornby (14 Nathan Hicks,64) 11 James Brighton
Subs Unused: 16 Callum Westwood 17 Paul White
Yellow cards: Mulligan,30;0’Connor,78.
Dorchester Town: 1 Shane Murphy 2 Jason Brookes (14 Sol Ayunga,87) 3 Jake Smeeton 4 Neil Martin 5 Nathan Walker 6 Chris Dillon 7 David Jerrard (16 Lewis Morgan,72) 8 Matt Oldring 9 Ben Wood 10 Ollie Bassett 11 Tom Blair Subs Unused: 12 Dory Yates 15 Billy Mitchell 17 Nick Crittenden
Yellow Cards: Blair,55;Bassett,59;Murphy,73.