Match Report - Histon
Kettering Town FC: 3
Liam Canavan 06
Brett Solkhon 25
Dubi Ogbonna 38
Michael Richens 13
Ryan Aveer 24
Danzel Gerrar 38
Kettering Town FC: 5
Will Grocott 53
Richard Bryan 72
Richard Bryan 55
Courtney Baker-Richardson 86
Gary Mulligan > Richard Bryan53
Liam Canavan > Andy Gooding84
Nick Freeman 59
Jordan Nicholson 61
Ryan Aveer 70
Danny Rumens 75
Mathew Meacher > Rogan McGeorge45
Josh Oyinsan > Joe Cordan78
The Poppies won the game 5-4 but if you’re a Kettering fan with a heart condition it wouldn’t have been good for you….!
Having set up a 4-1 lead after just 54 minutes, Histon leveled at 4-4 with three goals in 12 a minute spell between the 58th and 70th minutes before Kettering scored what was to be the winner three minutes later.
Loan signing Michael Richens came in at right back, with Gary Mulligan returning in midfield. Ollie Thorne was still out with a calf injury.
The Stutes leading scorer Jordan Nicholson, adopting his shoot on sight policy, fired wide as early as the 5th minute - but it was The Poppies who took the lead a couple of minutes later. Dubi Ogbonna created the chance with a cross from the left. Courtney Baker Richardson had two shots very well blocked and Liam Canavan applied the finish with a third and deadly strike.
Will Grocott fired narrowly wide from a free kick and then Nicholson fired wide again for the visitors. Nicholson then got one on target, but it was saved by Jamie McAlindon.
Histon got on level terms after 24 minutes. Ryan Auger was allowed to control the ball, turn and fire low past McAlindon. Initially an Assistant’s flag distracted the Referee before the goal was given.
The Poppies were soon back in front. James Brighton’s corner on the right was firmly headed in by Brett Solkhon.
Auger then tried his luck from 25 yards, but the ball sailed over the bar. For Kettering, Ogbonna delayed a shot which visiting keeper Denzel Gerrar then saved.
Kettering were awarded a penalty on 37 minutes. Ogbonna was bundled over by Sam Ives and got up to convert past Gerrar.
Kettering’s Baker- Richardson fired over on 41 minutes and just on the break Gerrar made a great double save from Baker- Richardson’s shot and follow up header.
Histon replaced Matthew Meacher with Rogan McGeorge after the break.
Grocott’s 47th minute shot was blocked and McGeorge fired high over McAlindon’s bar.
The Poppies went three goals in front in the 54th minute. Again Ogbonna was the creator as he set up Brighton for a shot which was blocked and Grocott swept home the loose ball.
No home fan could then guess what was to follow given the events of the first 55 minutes. Richard Bryan replaced Gary Mulligan, who was carrying an injury, and went into the back four, with Skipper Solkhon moved into midfield.
Bryan was to undergo a torrid ten minutes or so. Within seconds of coming on he was yellow carded for an unnecessary body check on the half way line.
Ogbonna saw a shot saved and Nicholson, still trying his luck, fired wide.
The Stutes pulled a goal back on 58 minutes. Bryan failed to clear with the ball hitting an opponent and rebounding to Nicholson who appeared well offside. Play continued and Nicholson made no mistake with a left foot strike.
It was 4-3 just three minutes later. A free kick from the right was won in the air and Nicholson headed in at the right post.
The Poppies only effort on goal in this period saw Grocott’s free kick headed wide.
The game was level on 70 minutes. Auger managed to squirm past a couple of tackles into the penalty area and finished with a firm left foot shot past the exposed McAlindon.
However, within three more minutes it Kettering who re-took the lead. Grocott earned a corner and from that a second corner was worn on the left. Brighton’s cross caused panic and Bryan was there to fire the ball in at the far post.
The Poppies, then largely controlled the game to preserve their tenuous lead and it was only in added time that Nicholson fire wide, yet again, and McAlindon then had to be quick to smother the ball away from Luke Trotman.
The Poppies now travel to Biggleswade on Tuesday night for another difficult league fixture.
Poppies Man of the Match: Dubi Ogbonna
Klondike Number (£130): 1994 - Dan Starks
Trust 500 Club: Numbers 5 and 55.
Winners: Doreen Coles and Mick Bridgeman