A second first half horror show this week saw the Poppies go in 3-0 down at half time at Coalville.
Two goals in just over a minute from Tim Berridge and Tom McGlinchey after just 21 minutes followed by an Ashley Chambers goal in added time in the half virtually sealed the win. Again the Kettering second half performance was better,albeit that keeper, Billy Johnson,  had to be at his best to keep the home score to just three, and Huw Dawson pulled a goal back on 76 minutes to make the scoreline a little more respectable.


Huw Dawson returned to the starting line up to replace Will Mellors-Blair,who was part of a four man bench.



1 Paul White
2 Alex Dean
3 Elliot Putman
6 Ash Carter
8 Joe Doyle-Charles
9 Tom Berridge (19 Kieran Cook,82)
10 Ashley Chambers
11 Tom McGlinchey
14 Terrell Pennant (15 Andy Thanoj,73)
17 Steve Towers (7 Luke Shaw,73)
18 Herve Pepe-Ngoma

Unused Substitutes:
4 Jake Hutchings
18 Wes York

Yellow cards:None


1 Billy Johnson
2 Owen Cochrane
3 Ben Toseland
5 Kelvin Langmead
8 Gary Stohrer (Captain)
9 Tyrone Lewthwaite
10 Sam Bennett (7 Leon Clarke,35)
11 Rhys Sharpe
15 Huw Dawson
16 Luca Purse (4 Harry Reilly,46)
18 Tom Scott

Unused Substitutes:
13 Niall Shackleton (G/ K)
20 Will Mellors-Blair

Yellow Cards: Scott,52; Cochrane,84.


A dry day greeted the teams at the Mander Cruickshank Solicitors Stadium today.

The Ravens of Coalville were first to show as Tim Berridge shot wide as he met a cross from the left.Elliot Putman fired a left foot shot well over the bar as the home team started on the front foot.

The Poppies countered on 6 minutes when skipper,Gary Stohrer, set up Tom Scott with a shooting chance and his effort was just over the bar. Coalville’s experienced striker,Ashley Chambers then shot weakly and Billy Johnson picked up.Chambers had another go a couple of minutes later heading a Berridge cross straight to Johnson.

The Poppies got out of their half and Tyrone Lewthwaite had a couple of shots blocked and then saw ex Poppy Paul White in the home goal race out to clear as he chased a through ball.

Coalville took the lead on 20 minutes.The Poppies were careless in losing the ball in midfield and it was threaded through to Berridge who finished well firing in at the right post.Virtually seconds after the restart,Stohrer lost the ball in midfield and the subsequent pass forward found Tom McGlinchey who has an easy finish to make it 2-0.

The Ravens were flying and Johnson saved well from Alex Dean and Terell Pennant maybe should have done better as he fired into the side netting.Johnson then denied McGlinchey with a sharp save.

As the shocked Poppies tried to respond,Rhys Sharpe set up the otherwise quiet Sam Bennett for a shot which was just wide. It was to be Bennett’s final action of the game as he hobbled off with an injury sustained in the shot! Leon Clarke replaced him.

Rhys Sharpe’s long throw into the six yard box saw Kelvin Langmead head wide. As the game approached the 40 minute mark, a neat one-two between Berridge and McGlinchey saw the latter fire just wide as he went clear.

As the half entered added time,Leon Clarke had a clear chance to pull a goal back as he met Ben Toseland’s cross from the left- but completely miscued.Almost immediately Chambers looked like he was in the clear as the Kettering defence disappeared but Billy Johnson,40 yards off his line, got in a great saving sliding tackle! Johnson punched await Putman’s 30 harder and Joe Doyle-Charles fired well over when handily placed.

It was however 3-0 in the final seconds of added time when McGlinchey’s cross was not dealt with and Chambers converted at the second attempt.

Half Time:

COALVILLE       3   –   0         KETTERING TOWN

Harry Reilly replaced Luca Purse on the restart.

Kettering had to respond to the poor first half display otherwise they were going to be in for a hammering. Sharpe’s early cross from the left went just wide off the far post and a decent run by Scott saw his left foot shot go just over the bar.

For Coalville, Pennant fired wide and then forced a good save by Johnson. At the other end White took a Toseland cross.The Poppies then had a good chance as Stohrer lobbed up a ball for Lewthwaite to attempt a back header on goal.He was flattered by Paul White as the ball dropped over the bar- but the Referee saw no infringement.

Johnson then made an excellent save to deny a Berridge,as,again,the visiting defence parted.

Kettering began to get some hold on the game at last with some better passing and general control but now in the final 20 minutes there was too much to do.

A goal was pulled back on 76 minutes as Huw Dawson met a cross from the right with a firm header past White. White subsequently fluffed another cross but was rescued by his defence who cleared the loose ball.

By and large Coalville managed the final minutes with few scares to win the game.

This match turned out to be Manager Andy Leese’s final game in charge as the Club dispensed with his services during the evening,and thanks go to him for his hard work and dedication with regret that things didn’t work out.

Full Time:

COALVILLE       3   –   1         KETTERING TOWN

Match Officials: Referee:Harry Tarrant Assistants:Ryan Grandison and David Kennedy

Attendance: 486 (Kettering fans and officials estimated at 75)

Poppies Media,Elgoods Brewery Man of the Match: Tom Scott

Match Report by Sadman KTFC

Forthcoming Home Games:

Tuesday November 14th: Corby Town at 7.45pm (Hillier Senior Cup)

Tuesday November 21st: Mickleover Sports at 7.45pm

Saturday December 2nd: AFC Sudbury at 3pm

Saturday December 9th: Bromsgrove Sporting at 3pm

Forthcoming Away Games:

Saturday November 25th at Alvechurch at 3pm.

Saturday December 9th at Halesowen Town at 3pm