Match Report - Histon
IN A NUTSHELL: Individual and defensive errors cost the Poppies dearly today at the Glassworld Stadium as lowly Histon ran out 3-1 winners. It was another bad day on the road, as Histon took a 24th minute lead through Nick Freeman. Kettering managed a 59th minute equaliser through Spencer Weir-Daley but succumbed to two goals by 17 year old substitute,Matty Allan, in the 78th and 88th minutes.
THE KETTERING SQUAD: With Liam Bateman out with a hamstring injury and James Brighton carrying a thigh strain, in came Dom Langdon and Chris Carruthers. Ben Baker came in on the bench.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: The pitch was flat and in reasonable order today as Kettering put on the early pressure. Wilson Carvalho brought an early save out of home keeper,Denzel Gerrar,after a good build up.Then Rene Howe could not get a good contact on Carvalho’s cross as the ball drifted wide of goal. Josh Oyinsan put in a deep cross for the Stutes but it was misdirected and out for a goal kick.
The Poppies were eager to advance and won a number of early corners which the home defence dealt with. Carvalho’s 9th minute cross saw Howe’s shot deflected wide and a couple of minutes later Carvalho’s shot was deflected over the bar. Oyinsan got in a low shot which was easy for Kettering keeper Craig Hill.
Kettering had a chance on 22 minutes as Brett Solkhon met a Chris Carruthers free kick but the Kettering skipper headed over the bar.
Histon stunned the Poppies with the opening goal, out of nothing, on 24 minutes. Solkhon seemed to have control as he followed a ball back towards his own goal. Unfotunately, his selection to turn inside and clear the ball, saw it hit Nick Freeman, who ran on the drill the ball past Hill.
Just two minutes later, further confusion in central defence, saw the ball given away, and Joe Carden’s low shot was saved by Hill. Ryan Auger’s 28th minute flick at goal could have sneaked in the top corner, but Hill saved. It was again utter panic on 31 minutes, as, this time, Gary Mulligan was guilty of losing the ball. Auger, in on goal, had a great chance to double the lead but Hill made a good save.
The Poppies gradually got back some composure in the last 10 minutes of the half. Spencer Weir-Daley got clear on goal in the 37th minute and with all the goal to aim at - shot straight at Gerrar. Carvalho’s 43rd minute cross from the left was mis-headed over his own bar by a relieved Danny Rumens and then Weir-Daley saw a shot blocked.
The second half saw Histon fighting for everything and looking to deny Kettering time and space. Liam Canavan’s 51st minute free kick cannoned off of the defensive wall as Kettering struggled to make inroads.
However in the 59th minute came the equaliser. A move on the left saw Carruthers’ cross met by Weir-Daley’s glanced header past Gerrar. For a while Kettering looked alive and a minute after the goal, and after a flowing move, Rumens did well to prevent a Carvalho shot troubling Gerrar. Then Weir-Daley headed a Carvalho cross from the left wide of the near post. On 63 minutes,the Poppies nearly took the lead as Canavan hit the right post and Weir-Daley’s follow up shot was well blocked.
Histon Manager,Steve Fallon, made a double substitution on 68 minutes, bringing on young players Matty Allan and Ross Elsom. Elsom’s first touch was to receive a poor clearance by Hill. With the keeper out of goal, Elsom could not control the shot which sailed over the bar.
Kettering were now pressing and looking for a second goal. However it was Histon who went in front.
The Poppies had a promising move, which broke down after a poor pass by Howe. Histon broke and 17 year old Allan ran onto a ball and slotted the ball in at the left upright. This was his first senior goal for the club.
Just two minutes later it should have been 2-2. Solkhon ran onto a Carruthers free kick and, in front of goal with only Gerrar to beat, his header looped over the bar.
Hill then came to Solkhon’s rescue at the other end on 83 minutes as the ball was lost to Freeman but the keeper made a full length save, diving to his left.
The game was sealed by Allan in the 88th minute. Keeper Hill made a complete hash of a catch, and left Allan with an easy finish into goal from 15 yards. In fact it could have been 4-1 in the final minute as another young substitute, Curtis Fulcher, was thwarted by Hill’s Save.
Kettering now visit Slough on Tuesday (7.45pm) before a home fixture next Saturday against Cirencester (3pm)
Full Time: Histon 3 - 1 Kettering Town
Attendance: 456 (Away fans estimated at 175)
Poppies man of the match: Herve Pepe-N’Goma
Substitutions: Kettering: Stephens for Grocott and Sandy for Weir-Daley, both 72 mins;Baker for Langdon,89.
Histon: Allan for Oyinsan and Elsom for Auger both 68 mins;Fulcher for Carden,90.
Histon: Denzel Gerrar;Harry Norman;Elkanah Sibanda;Pat Bexfield;Miles Smith;Danny Rumens;Joe Carden; Rogam McGeorge (Captain);Josh Oyinsan;Ryan Auger;Nick Freeman. Subs:Danny Gould;Curtis Fulcher;Ross Elsom;Matty Allan;Aysa Ourtilbour.
Kettering: Craig Hill;Dominic Langdon;Chris Carruthers;Brett Solkhon (Captain);Garry Mulligan;Herve Pepe-N’Goma;Wilson Carvalho;Spencer Weir-Daley;Rene Howe;Liam Canavan;Will Grocott. Subs:Ben Baker;James Brighton;Elliot Sandy;Ben Stephens;Paul Walker.