Match Report - Hungerford Town
Kettering Town FC: 0
Hungerford Town: 1
Nat Jarvis 39
Kettering Town FC: 1
Liam Canavan 63
Liam Bateman 64
Hungerford Town: 2
Stefan Brown 69
Diak John 64
James Rusby 78
Gary Horgan 49
IN A NUTSHELL:
An uninspiring first half saw Hungerford go in a goal to the good through a strike from Nat Jarvis on 39 minutes.
The Crusaders were reduced to 10 men on 50 minutes when Gary Horgan was dismissed for an off-the-ball kick on Wilson Carvalho and the Poppies duly equalised after 64 minutes through Liam Canavan. However, Brett Solkhon’s handball gave the home team a penalty and Stefan Brown scored what was to be the winner. Despite late pressure in the second half, for the second week running, the Poppies could just not find an equaliser.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
With Paul Walker out, Craig Hill returned in goal. Ollie Thorne moved to the substitutes bench as Wilson Carvalho started and Brett Soklhon reverted to a defensive role.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:
The pitch was heavy after overnight rain, especially in the goalmouth at the bottom of the slope. The Poppies were defending that goal in the first period.
It was a very messy start for both teams as they struggled with the conditions, and the ball was stuck mainly in the sterile area in the middle of the pitch.
Herve Pepe-N’Goma got in a shot which sailed high and wide and in fairness Kettering began to have the better of the game.
Home left back, Diak John seemed fortunate to escape any punishment on 20 minutes as his over the ball and potentially reckless tackle on Wilson Carvalho only earned him a word from the Referee.
Hungerford won a corner on 22 minutes and after the clearance the ball came back in only to be headed back towards his own half by a Hungerford player!
It was still scrappy though and Kettering’s best chance on 26 minutes saw James Brighton thread a ball through and Liam Canavan’s left foot shot hit the side netting.
Hungerford were then given an indirect free kick in the Kettering penalty area, after the Referee adjudged an interception by Brighton as a back pass with Craig Hill picking up the ball. Brighton got in a tremendous block from the shot earning himself a nasty bang which needed treatment.
Hungerford began to get more into the game, and their work rate was causing Kettering problems, and less time on the ball. Leading scorer, Nat Jarvis produced a sharp save from Hill and from the corner, Jarvis headed wide.
Then good play from Stefan Brown saw his right foot shot just clear the bar.
The pressure was now on Kettering and on 38 minutes a free kick on the left saw skipper, Matt Day, head wide.
A minute later the home side took the lead. A poor clearance allowed the ball to be player down the right. A low cross seemed to elude Brett Solkhon and Jarvis ran on to score past the helpless Hill.
In added time in the half,James Clark shot over for Hungerford and an unusually quiet Gary Mulligan had a shot blocked.
The second half was just under five minutes old when the Crusaders were reduced to 10 men. Gary Horgan inexplicably kicked out at Carvalho after the ball had gone out for a throw in. It was right in front of the Referee and he adjudged a red card.
Rhys Tyler reverted to the right back position.
Despite the sending off, Hungerford nearly scored a second on 62 minutes. Forcing a corner on their left, Dom Langdon was grateful to see his miscued clearance just go wide. The Referee, however, awarded a goal kick.
The Poppies equalised with their next attack and best move of the game to date.Neat interpassing saw the ball out to N’Goma and his cross from the right was measured for Canavan to head firmly past Paul Strudley.
Within five minutes, Hungerford took the lead from the penalty spot. A long throw hit Solkhon’s arm and Brown converted although Hill went the right way.
Canavan fired wide for Kettering on 72 minutes and then home substitute, Gary Preen went on a long run and as his pace took him past everyone on the right, Chris Carruthers cleared away from the goal line. The header from the corner went just wide.
Kettering brought on Elliot Sandy, Courtney Baker-Richradson and Will Grocott in their efforts to get an equaliser.
The final 15 minutes and 7 added minutes saw a lot of pressure on the home goal and for the second week running Kettering’s keeper up for corners.
Baker-Richardson put a shot wide and may have done better on 80 minutes as he snatched at a shot when he had more time and the shot was wide.
Carvalho’s free kick was just wide of the left post and then another shot was wild and wide. His last effort in added time went wide after a long throw into the six yard box.
Sandy saw a shot blocked and probably the best late chances fell to Canavan- who headed a Bateman cross wide and then,deep in added time, had a glorious chance only to head wide just wide.
Ground conditions permitting, the Poppies now face another away game on Tuesday, but at nearby Rothwell Corinthians in the Northants Hillier Cup semi final (7.45pm).
On Saturday next Paulton Rovers are the visitors in the League (3pm)
Full Time :
Hungerford Town 2 - 1 Kettering Town
Attendance: 239 (Away fans estimated at 120)
Poppies man of the match: Liam Canavan