Match Report - Poole Town
Kettering Town FC: 0
Poole Town: 0
Michael Walker 18
NIck Hutchings 18
Carl Pettefer 19
Kettering Town FC: 1
Wilson Carvalho 63
Chris Carruthers 60
Poole Town: 0
Steve Devlin 94
Lewis Tallack > Toby Holmes76
The Poppies beat league leaders Poole Town at Latimer Park, on Saturday, courtesy of Wilson Carvalho’s 64th minute winner - his third goal in three games.
The game was dominated by the wind, rain and heavy conditions which made good football difficult. However, both teams battled hard and some determined defending by the home team secured three points and the best win of the season to date.
With Gary Mulligan serving his one match ban, Dom Langdon was restored to the defence as this was the only change.
Both Ollie Thorne and Courtney Baker- Richardson remained on the injury list.
The match Referee, Matt Smith, was good enough to attend the ground at 10am to call the game on, and despite heavy rain during the game, the pitch just about held up.
The swirling wind was across the pitch and gave some advantage to Kettering in the first half as they attacked the Morrisons End.
Poole could have taken a very early lead as a swift break out of defence saw Steve Devlin clear, one-on-one with the keeper, but Craig Hill made a great save with his right leg to concede a corner.
Kettering countered and, on 7 minutes, Liam Canavan shot straight at Dolphins’ stopper, Nick Hutchings. Then Chris Carruthers’ free kick came off a defender’s head - but was straight to Hutchings.
There was drama in the 16th minute. Rene Howe’s shot bounced off Hutchings’ body to Liam Canavan and Hutchings’ awkward lunge brought down the Kettering player as he shaped to shoot. Both Referee and Assistant gave the penalty.
After vehement protests lasting four minutes, three Poole players were yellow carded, including Hutchings. Eventually, Rene Howe’s 20th minute placed spot kick was saved well by Hutchings diving to his left and Brett Solkhon’s shot from the loose ball was blocked for a corner.
Canavan saw a left foot shot drift wide and the impressive Liam Bateman got forward to fire over the bar.
The teams were now getting swallowed up by the midfield mire and there were few goal chances. Elliot Sandy did get forward on 42 minutes, but the keeper was out to gather at the second attempt.
In the final and added minutes of the half, Howe shot over and Canavan fired wide again. Finally, Craig Hill saved a low shot from Luke Burbidge.
The second half was delayed for 20 minutes, due to an Assistant injuring a leg and a replacement official kindly agreed to travel to the ground to take over.
Poole now had what advantage there was as the rain swept across the pitch. It was going to be hard for The Poppies to defend.
In just the second minute of the half, Bateman got in a vital interception in the six yard box to deny Poole a great chance.
Both teams were putting in massive efforts to get in front and it wasn’t until the 58th minute that there was a strike at goal and Poole’s Devlin fired a good free kick chance low and wide of goal.
The deadlock was broken in the 64th minute - and it was the home team that went in front. Good work on the Kettering right saw Bateman set Wilson Carvalho off down the right. The winger checked inside his man and his low left foot drive was deflected past the helpless Hutchings.
The visitors huffed and puffed for ten minutes or so, but solid defending - especially from the skipper, Solkhon, kept them at bay. In fact, it was Kettering who threatened next. Canavan, who seemed to get stronger as the game went on, had a clear chance and only a good block stopped the ball hitting the target.
The game was going into the last 10 minutes. Poole brought on Toby Holmes up top replacing full back, Lewis Tallack and threw giant defender, Michael Walker up as well.
In fact, this allowed The Poppies extra room to attack. With Poole seemingly unable to break down the home defence - despite lots of possession - Howe saw a shot blocked and Carvalho somehow blazed a shot over the bar with only the keeper to beat.
Hill was bravely down in his own area to gather from Burbidge, and then again to another attacker as he received an accidental, but painful foot in the chest.
Kettering’s Canavan shot wide when put through by James Brighton and then again got clear only to delay the shot and the chance was gone.
After five minutes of added time the points were won and the league leaders beaten.
On now with an away game Redditch on Monday (pitch permitting), and then home to Cambridge City next Saturday.
Attendance: 525 (Another fantastic turnout on a dreadful day.)
Poppies Man of the Match: Dom Langdon
Klondike Result: Winning Ticket Number 3328 for £140.
Winner: J. Woods.