Match Report - Cambridge City
Kettering Town FC: 0
Cambridge City: 0
Kettering Town FC: 0
Courtney Baker-Richardson > Elliot Sandy67
Ben Stephens > Rene Howe87
Cambridge City: 0
Duran Reynolos > Buster Harradine62
Dan Gleeson > Joel Norris67
Kaan Fehmi > Danny Kelly78
Today’s Match Sponsor: T JAMES (ELECTRICAL) LIMITED
IN A NUTSHELL:
For the third home game running it was the conditions which were always going to dominate the game, as gale force winds battered a Latimer Park pitch which was heavy in some areas. The game ended goalless with City having the better chances overall and Kettering slightly more possession, especially in the second half.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
Injuries to Ollie Thorne and Courtney Baker-Richardson had cleared up with Thorne back in the team and Baker-Richardson on the bench. Gary Mulligan returned in place of the suspended Liam Canavan, and Dom Langdon reverted to the bench. There were no places in the squad for Andy Gooding or Dubi Ogbonna who reported in with a foot injury.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:
The Poppies had what benefit there was of the swirling wind in the first half as they attacked the Morrisons end.
It was clear, though, that the game was not going to be blessed with flowing football, as both teams struggled in the first quarter of an hour to put anything meaningful together.
Herve Pepe-Ngoma tried to send James Brighton clear, but it was a comfortable pick up for visiting keeper, Zac Barrett.
Kettering keeper, Craig Hill was then called into action as Danny Kelly found space on the right- but the shot was easily saved.
On 15 minutes, Joel Norris got in a great low cross from the right which skidded across the six yard box and away for a goal kick. Norris did then get a shot on target which Hill saved.
Kettering were having trouble getting anything going and, on 28 minutes having won a corner- saw the ball hacked clear.
City came very close to taking the lead on the half hour. A mistake by Ollie Thorne saw Norris get possession and his right foot screamer, from 20 yards, came off the bar.
Kettering finally created something and Rene Howe’s low cross from the right was cleared for a corner. James Brighton’s resultant re-start saw Howe win the header, back across goal-but the defence cleared.
Kettering had a penalty shout on 35 minutes as Brighton went over in the box- but the Referee correctly deemed no offence.
Norris was again in action at the other end and on 37 minutes was amazed to see Hill somehow keep out his sharp header at the foot of the right post.
The Poppies finished the first half in better fashion as Liam Blakeman got space on the right but the low cross was swallowed up by Barrett. Then Thorne headed wide from a Wilson Carvalho corner, and, finally, only a brave header from City’s Adam Murray cleared the danger from Howe’s cross.
Kettering were first to show in the second period as they attacked and both Pepe- N’goma and Elliot Sandy had shots blocked and Brighton’s shot was beaten away by Barrett.
It really was now a difficult game with the ball swirling in the air and all credit to both sets of players who were both putting in considerable efforts.
Kelly put a shot over the bar and Kettering keeper, Hill acted as a fifth defender as he came out to head clear from Norris. Jon Kaye fired over and ex Poppy Josh Dawkin hit a tame shot wide.
The substitutions started with a just over quarter of the game to go. City brought on Duran Reynolds and new signing from Royston, Kaan Fehmi, and Kettering saw Courtney Baker- Richardson replace Elliot Sandy.
The Poppies came closest to scoring on 72 minutes as Carvalho’s cross was cleared away from the line by John Kyriacou. Just a couple of minutes later the wind assisted Baker-Richardson, who found himself closing in on goal about 18 yards out- but he hurried his shot and scuffed it wide of the left upright.
Free kicks for both sides in the last ten minutes saw Brighton, for Kettering, float his kick wide of goal and for City, Reynolds’ shot hit the defensive wall.
Dawkin smashed a shot high over and City survived a late penalty shout for a possible handball – but the game ended goalless.
The Poppies now have successive away games at Cirencester on Tuesday and St Neots on Saturday before returning to Latimer Park on Tuesday 15th December (7.45pm)
Kettering Town 0 - 0 Cambridge City
Match Sponsors: T James (Electrical) Limited Poppies man of the match: Craig Hill
Klondike Result: Winning ticket Number 4043 for £180. Winner: Keith Millard