Match Report - Dunstable Town
Kettering Town FC: 0
Richard Bryan 37
Dunstable Town: 3
James Kaloczi 01
Victor Osbon 34
Luke Pennell 37
Kettering Town FC: 0
Jevani Brown 55
Steve Kinniburgh 74
Andy Gooding > Dominic Langdon50
Will Grocott > Dubi Ogbonna50
Richard Bryan > Oliver Thorne51
Dunstable Town: 4
David Keenleyside 46
Adam Perera 55
Adam Watkins 59
Victor Osbon > Lorenzo ferrari81
Adam Watkins > Jamale McKenzie-Lowe65
Matt Nolan > Lee Roache59
The Poppies slumped to their worst defeat of the season tonight at Dunstable, conceding three goals in the first half, and a fourth in the very first minute of the second period.
Despite having just as much possession as their hosts, a combination of poor defending and poor finishing, plus an inability to cope with man of the match, Victor Osobu, saw an overall disappointing display. Whilst the margin of the win flattered the hosts, it demonstrated that it’s in both penalty areas that a game is won or lost.
Fpor the first time this season, Marcus Law named an unchanged eleven that started the game on Saturday against Telford in the FA Cup.
The game was barely four minutes gone when the first goal went in. Enol Ordonez pushed away a shot for a corner on the left and the inswinging corner was met by an unmarked James Kaloczi, who had the easiest of headers.
Kettering tried to respond as they moved the ball quickly to feet and Courtney Baker-Richardson saw a shot blocked out and then ex Poppy Paul Bastock made a great save from Liam Canavan. From the resultant corner Baker-Richardson headed over the bar.
Recent signing for the Blues, Victor Osobu, was showing up well on the left and his 17th minute right foot shot was just wide of the right post. Five minutes later, Kettering’s Jevani Brown saw his 20 yard strike held by Bastock.
Dunstable had been a little fortunate on 23 minutes as Zack Reynolds diverted a Will Grocott cross just past Bastock’s right post for a corner.
Ordonez saved comfortably from Danny Talbot, and another Grocott cross was scrambled away for a corner. Kettering continued with their slick passing game and a chance for Brett Solkhon on 28 minutes saw him beat Bastock – but the ball came off the post.
Then Baker-Richardson was given time and space on the left side of goal - but his low shot was straight at Bastock.
The Blues were breaking well despite the Kettering pressure and Osobu was giving Ritchard Bryan a torrid time down the left flank. In the 34th minute he streaked past Bryan, came inside and his low right foot shot hit the outside of the left post.
A minute later, the same man, and the same move, this time resulted in a quality second goal as Osobu’s shot was high past Ordonez.
A few minutes later it was 3-0 as yet another headed goal came from a corner on the left, won by Osobu. This time it was left back, Luke Pennell, who had a free header.
Just before the break Danny Talbot miscued his shot from Matt Nolan’s cross and at the other end Grocott’s accurate cross found Canavan’s head and he glanced wide a great chance.
Whatever was said at half time to rally the Kettering team was shattered in the first minute of the half. Osobu’s cross from the left was not dealt with by Solkhon and David Keenleyside had the simple job of firing low across Ordonez.
The large Poppies contingent were now wondering if this was the same team that took Telford apart in the second half last Saturday.
To be fair the Kettering players were in no mood to give up, despite the scoreline, and a triple substitution on 50 minutes saw Dubi Ogbonna, Ollie Thorne and Dom Langdon replace young Bryan, plus Andy Gooding and Will Grocott in midfield.
Baker-Richardson tried an overhead kick which lacked power and immediately Osobu attacked at the other end and Ordonez saved the shot.
There was a nasty moment as Jevani Brown was yellow carded for a tackle, where he appeared to play the ball as the defender cleared. This resulted in a nasty flare up and Adam Perera was also cautioned for some afters.
The Poppies were still giving it a go as you could see that the players were hurting with the scoreline, as Bastock just about cleared away a 60th minute corner. Then Kaloczi all but scored an own goal as his touch on an Ogbonna cross saw the ball just beat the crossbar. From the corner Baker-Richardson headed against the bar and then Ogbonna’s right foot volley was marginally over the angle of post and bar.
Almost immediately Brett Solkhon’s firm header was saved.
Coach, Scott Goodwin, was then rightly sent to the stands as he unnecessarily got involved with Pennell on the touchline.
The game was won for Dunstable and began to peter out in the final 15 minutes. Ordonez did make a 76th minute save from Talbot ‘s free kick and, for Kettering, Baker-Richardson fired wide.
Ogbonna skewed an 83rd minute shot high and wide but also set up a golden chance on 88 minutes. His deep cross from the right found Baker-Richardson all on his own at the far post, and, with the goal gaping, he headed across goal and past the right post. It was just that sort of night and finally Brown hit a poor free kick well over the bar.
As one supporter commented on the way out "my dad told me there’d be nights like this!"
Attendance: 212 (Poppies Fans: Estimated 100)
Poppies Man of the Match: James Brighton