Match Report - Cirencester Town
Kettering Town FC: 0
Cirencester Town: 1
Kettering Town FC: 0
Oliver Thorne > Will Grocott56
Herve Pepe-Ngoma > Liam Canavan67
James Brighton > Courtney Baker-Richardson12
Cirencester Town: 1
Ross Langworthy > Brad Hooper78
Charlie Griffin > Adam Connolly25
Ollie Knight > Jamie Reid85
IN A NUTSHELL:
Despite playing with 10 men for the last 40 minutes of the game, Cirencester ran out deserved winners against a disappointing Kettering tonight. The only goal came on 64 minutes through Ross Langworthy. Kettering had a lot of possession, but little penetration, with home keeper, Glyn Garner having one real save to make when he saved a miscue from one of his defenders. Too many Kettering players had an off night, not helped, again, by a late arrival due to a traffic hold up at Northampton.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
Liam Canavan returned to the bench after his suspension, replacing Paul Walker. This was the only change.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:
The pitch was in good order and the match supporting MacMillan Nurses saw the highest gate of the season so far for the hosts.
In the very first minute, Cirencester’s Ross Langworthy fired over from distance. For Kettering, James Brighton’s early cross was taken by Garner.
The Centurians then created a chance from a break down the left, but Langworthy had to stretch and put his shot wide. Kettering soon countered and Wilson Carvalho’s cross from the right reached Brighton who could just not control the ball and get his shot in. From the lay back, Liam Blakeman shot over the bar.
The Referee waived away appeals for a Kettering penalty on 17 minutes as Gary Mulligan went over in the box. The Poppies were playing some decent stuff, with the ball on the ground, but could just not get in on goal.
Cirencester worked hard for what they could get and Zak Kotwica got a decent shot in which Craig Hill got down to save. Leading scorer for the home side, Charlie Griffin had to leave the field with a hamstring problem on 27 minutes.
Hill was soon in action again as he came out to gather a cross from the left. Then Kettering did get something on target as Rene Howe headed across goal, but Mulligan could get no power on the header, and it was a pick up for Garner.
Kotwica then unleashed a great left foot shot which Hill just managed to tip over. From the corner, Ellis Dunton, at the far post, headed just over.
Duuton was soon in action at the other end as he deflected a Carvalho cross towards his own goal and Garner pulled off an instinctive save.
Again Dunton threatened a goal- this time at the right end- as he met a Kotwica free kick and with a clear chance in front of goal he headed over the bar.
In the final five minutes of the half, Elliot Sandy saw a shot deflected over the bar and Carvalho shot wide. Finally there was a scare for Kettering as Ollie Thorne slipped but Brett Solkhon calmly tidied up.
A 47th minute Kotwica cross was well held by Hill before there was drama four minutes later. Carvalho was running onto a through ball and was brought down by Dunton, who received a straight red card.
Cirencester quickly readjusted and looked comfortable in defending, relying on quick breaks. Will Grocott came on for Ollie Thorne as Kettering tried to offer more in attack. The Poppies did threaten on 61 minutes as Chris Carruthers broke on the left but Brighton shot wide as he turned.
The only goal came on 64 minutes. Kettering lost possession with some loose play and Kotwica broke on the right. He launched a deep cross to the far post where the only other attacker, Langworthy, rose to head firmly past the helpless Hill. It was a great goal.
Liam Canavan came on for Herve Pepe-Ngoma and almost immediately Will Grocott had a chance- but the shot was charged down and he fired wide from the rebound.
The home side, relying on the break, could have gone two up on 72 minutes, as Ollie Knight was sent clear of the defence, but Hill made a good save.
It was then Kettering’s turn to break and Canavan’s volley from Carruthers’ cross
was straight at Garner. Carvalho fired wide and then Blakeman appeared to be clipped as he went into the box – but again no penalty.
Kettering went for it, with Courtney Baker- Richardson replacing James Brighton.
However, in reality the home side were defending comfortably. Sandy fired narrowly over the angle of post and bar.
Late pressure saw Baker-Richardson get the ball in the net- but he had already been ruled offside. Both Carvalho and Sandy saw added time shots blocked and the home
side deservedly took the three points.
The Poppies now go to St Neots on Saturday before returning to Latimer Park on Tuesday 15th December to entertain Dorchester Town (7.45pm kick-off).
Cirencester Town 1 - 0 Kettering Town
Attendance: 225 (Away fans estimated at 50)
Poppies man of the match: Brett Solkhon