Match Report - Chippenham Town
Kettering Town FC: 0
Chippenham Town: 0
Will Richards 12
Kettering Town FC: 1
Spencer Weir-Daley 47
Lewis Hornby > Kaid Mohamed77
Liam Canavan > Aaron O Connor78
Chippenham Town: 2
Andy Sandell 69
Alan Griffin 101
James Guthrie > Alan Griffin64
IN A NUTSHELL:
Kettering’s home league hoodoo continues. In front after 48 minutes through Spencer Weir-Daley, the Poppies conceded two goals in the 70th and 87th minutes, scored by Andy Sandell and Alan Griffin.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
Rene Howe was serving the third of his four match ban and James Haran was also banned for this game. Liam Bateman was out injured as was Ben Stephens and Anthony Howell. Liam Canavan played but was not fully fit. Lewis Hornby returned, Paul Malone got a start and midfielder Nathan Hicks was a makeshift right back.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:
The rain desisted as the game kicked off in front of a healthy crowd. With Chippenham sitting in 4th place with a very good away record and the Poppies low on choice of senior players it was going to be a tough game.
An early Bluebirds’ corner was cleared by Liam Canavan in what was a very cautious start to the game by both sides.
Alex Ferguson’s shot cannoned off of Paul White’s chest as the keeper recovered to collect.
Kettering had a free kick on 13 minutes, taken by Lewis Hornby, but what could have been a chance, went begging as the ball rolled out for a goal kick.
Will Richards was yellow carded for preventing a Kettering breakaway before there was an unscheduled stoppage as the away dugout seats capitulated- fortunately without injury.
It was a tight game in the middle of the park- and goalmouth action was limited. James Brighton’s 27th minute free kick was blocked by the defensive wall.
A couple of minutes later Andy Sandell’s long throw was headed across goal and out of play.
Kettering created a good chance in the 34th minute. After a set piece was cleared the ball was played to Gary Mulligan on the left. His cross to the far side was headed back into the middle and Brett Solkhon’s goal bound shot was deflected over by a defender.
Then Brighton’s cross was met by a Paul Malone header which looped into Darren Chitty’s hands.
Chippenham finished the half with two fruitless corners.
Half Time: Kettering Town 0 - 0 Chippenham Town
Kettering took the lead in the 48th minute through Spencer Weir-Daley.
Kettering were defending in the right back position with Hornby under pressure from two players. He produced some magic to come away with the ball and launch a perfect through ball over Mark Preece to Weir-Daley. There was still plenty to do but a crisp left foot drive beat Chitty to his left.
In the next minute Solkhon fired wide after a neat exchange with Canavan.
The game regressed to the midfield battle with Kettering looking comfortable until the 62nd minute when a cross glanced off of Malone’s head and onto his own crossbar. It was the closest Chippenham had come to scoring to date
. Two minutes later, Canavan produced a neat lob over Chitty as the ball landed on the top of the net.
Chippenham got forward on 69 minutes with Preece putting in a testing cross and Solkhon slid in to deflect for a corner. From the restart the away side equalised. The corner was not dealt with at the near post and was flicked on by Dave Pratt. Andy Sandell forced the ball home under a challenge from Mulligan.
Chippenham created a couple of chances which saw White collect a Pratt effort and Matt Smith balloon a ball high and wide.
Kettering replaced Hornby and Canavan, who were having good games, and brought on Aaron O’Connor and Kaid Mohamed- changing the formation to two up top. Chippenham brought on burly Alan Griffin to put pressure on the home centre backs.
Kaid Mohamed put a free kick over the bar and on 86 minutes Brett Solkhon was eased off of a through ball in the penalty area- but no foul was given.
Kettering conceded a free kick for a high boot in the 87th minute. If contact was made the kick is direct. If no contact it is indirect. The Referee therefore must have decided contact was made as Alan Griffin fired low into goal past the wall and keeper White’s dive to his right.
Kettering had a final chance to equalise as another free kick at the other end saw another poor kick, this time by Wilson Carvalho as Brighton’s follow up was also blocked.
The Poppies now have two away games at Biggleswade on Tuesday in the league and Solihull Moors on Saturday in the Emirates F A Cup.
Full Time: Kettering Town 1 - 2 Chippenham Town
Poppies Man of the Match: Paul Malone
Klondike (£145); Number: 10061 Winner: Alice Ryan
Kettering Town: 1 Paul White 2 Nathan Hicks 3 Dom Langdon 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) 5 Paul Malone 6 Gary Mulligan 7 Wilson Carvalho 8 Spencer Weir-Daley 9 Liam Canavan (Aaron O’Connor, 77) 10 Lewis Hornby (Kaid Mohamed, 77) 11 James Brighton
Subs Unused: 12 Ben Baker 14 Ben Bradshaw 17 Steve Kinniburgh
Yellow cards: None
Chippenham Town: 1 Darren Chitty 2 Mark Preece 3 Nuno Felix 4 Gary Horgan 5 Greg Tindle 6 Will Richards 7 Alex Ferguson 8 Matt Smith 9 Dave Pratt 10 Andy Sandell 11 James Guthrie (14 Alan Griffin,65)
Subs Unused: 12 Michael Pook 15 Ryan Campbell 16 Chris Allen
Yellow Card: Richards,13.