Match Report - Cinderford Town
Kettering Town FC: 0
Jack O'Connor 44
Cinderford Town: 1
Jarrad Welch 42
Kettering Town FC: 3
James Brighton 74
Aaron O Connor 81
Ben Baker 85
Liam Bateman > Jack Kelly60
Jack O'Connor > Jorrin John72
James Brighton > Ben Baker82
Cinderford Town: 1
James Bloom 73
Callum Mconie > Elliot Ford81
Dan Clare > Craig Norman84
IN A NUTSHELL: The Poppies went in at the break losing to a Jarrad Welch goal- despite having more possession in the half. The second half comeback was strong as goals from James Brighton, Aaron O’Connor and Ben Baker sealed the win.
THE KETTERING SQUAD: With Brett Solkhon still injured, Gary Mulligan partnered Dom Langdon in central defence. Lewis Hornby was back from a toe injury and was on the bench. Liam Gooch having been recalled by Luton (then loaned to Biggleswade) left Paul White as the sole keeper in the match squad.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: As usual the wind was strong in Kettering’s favour in the first half on a pitch which soon cut up easily. Both teams started positively and Kettering’s Liam Canavan put a 4th minute 30 yard free kick wide. A few minutes later Canavan set up Aaron O’Connor and his left foot shot screamed just wide with keeper, Cameron Clarke, beaten. Clarke then made an excellent stop, diving low to his left, to push out a James Hall shot and the defence cleared the loose ball. Clarke was soon called on again as he stopped a Canavan shot and Jack O’Connor saw his follow up shot blocked away. Kettering were really firing as Aaron O’Connor’s shot was saved by Clarke and Canavan fired wide from the rebound. Canavan put a shot wide before Cinderford finally got a chance on goal. From a free kick centrally from 20 yards, Jaarad Welch rattled the crossbar. The Poppies were generally in control but not now threatening the goal as Cinderford tightened up in defence and there was 15 minutes of stalemate. Aaron O’Connor’s 37th minute bicycle kick saw Clarke save yet again before the Poppies gifted their hosts a goal. Nathan Hicks lost possession in midfield and Dom Langdon appeared to retrieve the ball only to lose it to Nick Harrhy who set Welch free to round Paul White and roll the ball in. The old failing of unforced defensive errors had struck again.
Half Time: Cinderford Town 1 - 0 Kettering Town
Cinderford now had the wind advantage and soon Welch was skipping across the penalty area to create a chance- which he blasted over the bar. White then had to be quick off his line to smother from Lewis Bamford. The Poppies got going again though and started to dominate possession again- although always susceptible to a quick break. O’Connor’s 60th minute left foot drive was wide and crosses from the left from substitute Jack Kelly and then from the right by Nathan Hicks both could have resulted in goals, but both slipped through the six yard area with no one to finish. James Brighton’s 65th minute corner was met by Gary Mulligan’s head and the effort was blocked near the goal-line with Canavan’s effort from the loose ball blocked out. Was it going to be Kettering’s day? There was controversy in the 73rd minute as substitute Jorrin John was pulled down going in on goal on the right. The offender, James Bloom, was yellow carded and a free kick was awarded on the edge of the box – to the consternation of the Kettering team who felt the offence was well in the penalty area. However, the coolest man on the park, James Brighton, stepped up to plant the free kick low past Clarke’s right to equalise. As Kettering pressed forward there was another drastic error as White and Langdon clashed trying to clear a high ball and Welch benefited as he chested the ball forwards on the edge of the area. He looked certain to score in the unguarded net. However, to the relief of the two Kettering players, the ball ran away from the striker for a goal kick as he could not catch it. It was a real let off. Kettering soon profited. Canavan’s pass down the left split the home defence and Aaron O’Connor ran on to round Clarke to score. Kettering wrapped the game up on 85 minutes as Jorrin John won the ball and some good interpassing allowed Rene Howe to set up substitute Ben Baker, who fired low past Clarke, to score with virtually his first touch.
The Poppies now have two home league games next Saturday to Cirencester and the following Saturday to Slough.
Full Time: Cinderford Town 1 - 3 Kettering Town
Attendance: 231 (Poppies fans estimated at 65)
Poppies Man of the Match: Aaron O’Connor
Team Line-ups: Cinderford Town: 1 Cameron Clarke 2 Isaac Kelly 3 James Bloom 4 Josh Nelmes (Captain) 5 Dan Clare (14 Craig Norman,83) 6 Jack Alderdice 7 Callum McOnie (12 Elliot Ford,80) 8 Samie Hicks 9 Nick Harrhy 10 Jarrad Welch 11 Lewis Bamford Unused Subs: 15 Paul Michael 17 Ben Hands 18 Giles Cutlan
Kettering Town: 1 Paul White 2 Liam Bateman (15 Jack Kelly,59) 3 James Brighton (12 Ben Baker, 83) 4 Jack O’Connor (14 Jorrin John,69) 5 Dom Langdon 6 Gary Mulligan (Captain) 7 Nathan Hicks 8 Aaron O’Connor 9 Rene Howe 10 James Hall 11 Liam Canavan
Unused Subs: 16 Lewis Hornby
Yellow Card: Jack O’Connor,45.