Match Report - Chippenham Town
Kettering Town FC: 0
Oliver Thorne > Andy Gooding35
Chippenham Town: 0
Kettering Town FC: 1
Dubi Ogbonna 71
Dubi Ogbonna 48
Elliot Sandy > Will Grocott64
Steve Kinniburgh > Saul Williams71
Chippenham Town: 2
Greg Tindle 50
Andy Sandell 65
Michael Pook 69
The Poppies went down at home tonight 1-2 to high flying Chippenham Town at a rain drenched Latimer Park. The visitors were two goals up with goals in the 42nd and 65th minutes and Kettering’s reply came from Dubi Ogbonna in the 74th minute.
The changes from last Saturday saw Jevani Brown start for the injured Liam Canavan and with Jamie McAlindon injured in the pre-match warm up, Enol Ordonez came in at short notice.
With Chippenham arriving late the game was delayed to a 7.50pm kick-off. Kettering’s team plans were disrupted by an injury to Jamie McAlindon in the warm up and Enol Ordonez started.
Kettering’s first corner saw James Brighton’s corner dropped by Chippenham keeper, Kent Kauppinen and his defence cleared. Then a good Kettering move saw Dubi Ogbonna stub a shot straight at the keeper.
Chippenham wasted a good free kick chance and had two poorly taken corners to show for their first 15 minutes. They did have a chance on 21 minutes as Mark Preece headed wide from a corner.
As the rain fell, Ogbonna saw a shot blocked and at the other end, Matt Smith blasted over.
Kettering’s goal frame was rattled on 27 minutes as Ashan Holgate’s deep cross from the right hit the bar with Ordonez beaten. Almost immediately Ogbonna had a fine run on the right but his cross was too deep.
On 33 minutes Chippenham had a great chance as the Kettering defence failed to clear, but Matt Smith poked the ball high and wide.
The Poppies responded as Brighton’s free kick was headed away for a corner, and from that restart Gary Mulligan’s shot was going in the top corner - only for Kauppinen to pull off a great save.
Dom Langdon then made a great interception to prevent Andy Sandell from scoring.
Kauppinen excelled again on 38 minutes as he somehow got to Jevani Brown’s left foot shot.
Chippenham’s 40th minute corner was spilled by Ordonez and the loose ball was poked just wide of goal. Ollie Thorne was injured and replaced by Andy Gooding, necessitating a reshuffle in defence.
Chippenham immediately took the lead a minute later as a free kick was not cleared and Greg Tindle slid the ball past a host of players and past Ordonez. Unfortunately for Kettering, they should have had a throw in on the left side previous to the corner - but for some reason the Assistant turned away from the ball and completely missed it.
Brown was still Kettering’s main threat as he saw a shot blocked and then, in added time, Kauppinen pulled off another great save from Brown’ low shot.
Half time saw the rain lash down as the Referee made a prompt start to the half.
Kettering saw an early corner cleared and then Ogbonna’s cross was taken by the keeper. It was a bright start for the Poppies and Steve Kinniburgh’s cross was headed wide by Brett Solkhon.
Andy Sandell had a sight of goal but Gary Mulligan got in a great tackle and then Sandell saw his low free kick clawed away by Ordonez at his left post.
Courtney Baker-Richardson’s weak header from a corner was easy for the keeper, and on 58 minutes, his shot was wide. Andy Gooding sent a cross wide as the Poppies looked for an equaliser.
Alex Freginson shot wide for the visitors and then Kettering came close to scoring as Brown sent Elliot Sandy clear and his shot hit the left post.
Chippenham went two up on 65 minutes. A poor pass out on the right allowed the ball to come back in for Sandell to have an easy finish.
Will Grocott and Saul Williams were introduced for Sandy and Kinniburgh as James Brighton dropped back into defence.
On 74 minutes, Jevani Brown went on a great run and set up Ogbonna who drove the ball in to give the Poppies hope.
Chippenham looked to take the sting out of the game for the final minutes and all the Poppies could see for their efforts were a couple of Baker-Richardson efforts which were dealt with by Kauppinen.
The end analysis will show that Kettering had the better chances and were thwarted by Chippenham’s keeper – but to be fair Chippenham looked sharp and had a pretty solid defence. Maybe a draw would have been a fair result.
Poppies Man of the Match: Jevani Brown
Klondike 1st Prize (£135): Number 1628, Winner: To Be Claimed
Runner-Up Prizes (Two Tickets for Friday’s Steve Walsh/Alan Birchenall Evening): Numbers 1232 and 1211
Poppies Trust Club £500: Numbers 119 – Rob Wise and 253 – Pat Scully – both win £60.