Match Report - Bedworth United
Kettering Town FC: 0
Brett Solkhon > Oliver Thorne14
Chris Carruthers > Will Grocott23
Bedworth United: 0
Kettering Town FC: 1
Liam Canavan 85
Wilson Carvalho 54
Rene Howe 76
James Brighton > Ben Stephens76
Bedworth United: 1
Luke Rowe 53
Elliot Parrot 55
Jamie Ashmore 87
Our thanks are due to everyone at Bedworth for agreeing to switch this game to the Oval at only three days notice, to get a game of football on. We look forward to welcoming them at Latimer Park for the home game on Easter Monday.
IN A NUTSHELL:
It took a late Liam Canavan goal to get Kettering a point after Luke Rowe had converted a 53rd minute penalty for the Greenbacks. Kettering had to adjust very early with the loss of both central defenders to injury. When they got going they forced great pressure on the home defence in the second half, with only one goal to show for their efforts. The result confirms Bedworth’s improving form after two good home wins lately and Kettering continue their good run.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
It was the same team and squad used for last week’s game at Kings Lynn.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:
As expected the 3G surface was good despite the rain both before and during the game.
Kettering started brightly and forced two early corners which were well dealt with by the home defence.
It was ex Poppy Justin Marsden who had the first real chance for Bedworth on 8 minutes. Kettering skipper,Brett Solkhon, slipped as he cleared the ball and Marsden ran on past him on the left and keeper, Paul Walker, saved the shot on goal. Solkhon, having tweaked his knee, was replaced by Ollie Thorne after just 14 minutes.
Kettering’s first good move saw Wilson Carvalho’s pass dummied by Liam Canavan and Liam Bateman’s left foot shot was wide. Kettering kept the pressure on with two more corners and from the second Gary Mulligan headed wide.
It was then Bedworth’s turn to threaten as Dan Creaney met a Luke Rowe corner and his goal-bound header was headed off the line by Liam Bateman.
Chris Carruthers then suffered a calf strain and was replaced by Will Grocott with Gary Mulligan dropping into central defence.
The teams swapped goal attempts as Marsden fired wide and Carvalho’s shot was very well blocked by home skipper,Kyle Cartwright.
The game became scrappy for 10 minutes or so- but before the break the Poppies had chances as Brighton’s shot was blocked and Grocott’s follow up shot was well saved by Denham Hinds. Then, an otherwise quiet Herve Pepe-N’Goma, saw his shot go just over the bar.
In the last minute of the half Marsden fired tamely wide and finally Hinds was bravely out to save at the feet of the advancing Brighton causing both players nasty looking injuries.
Both Hinds and Brighton appeared in the second half, although Hinds spent some time being regularly treated for a leg injury (no substitute goalkeeper on the bench), and Brighton had to be replaced during the half.
Kettering had chances early on as Canavan saw his shot blocked and Rene Howe got the loose ball but was crowded out.
A 30 yard shot from home midfielder Elliot Parrot drifted wide on 50 minutes, and three minutes later Bedworth took the lead. Luke Rowe got well forward and his shot was only parried by Walker. As the ball ran loose, Walker upended Marsden for a clear penalty. Rowe converted easily.
Kettering tried to respond and Canavan’s 56th minute free kick was deflected off the wall for a corner. A minute later Brighton’s corner from the right drifted across goal and, with a clear chance at the far post, Grocott fired weakly wide.
Walker redeemed himself a little after 59 minutes. Hinds’ clearance split the Kettering defence with Creaney running clear and Walker did well to save.
The last 20 minutes saw the Poppies playing almost entirely in the Bedworth half.
Canavan created space down the left and crossed low. As the ball went through a few players, Howe found himself in front of the open goal- and he completely missed the ball. It was a bad miss.
On 72 minutes, Canavan ,may have done better, 10 yards from goal, but lost control of the ball and Howe’s shot from the loose ball was blocked.Howe headed wide from Carvalho’s corner and Hinds made a clean take from a great Carvalho cross.
The equaliser came in the 85th minute. Ben Stephens, on for Brighton, picked out Howe who played the ball across to Canavan who finished well past Hinds.
Kettering kept up the pressure and the final chance in the 3rd minute of added time saw Carvalho fire high and wide from a good position.
The Poppies travel again next Saturday to Slough ( at Beaconsfield SYCOB ground) – kick off 3pm.
Bedworth United 1 - 1 Kettering Town
Attendance: 448 (Away fans estimated at 225)
Poppies man of the match: Liam Canavan