Match Report - Hitchin Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Spencer Weir-Daley 01

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Substitutions

Hitchin Town: 0

Goals

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

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Liam Canavan 54

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Substitutions

Liam Canavan > Brett Solkhon60
David Popa > Rene Howe60
Spencer Weir-Daley > Will Grocott83

Hitchin Town: 1

Goals

Callum Donnelly 51

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Substitutions

Jonny McNammara > Kane Smiith78


Match Report

IN A NUTSHELL: With both teams looking for play-off positions, the game ended in an honourable 1-1 draw, which in fact kept both teams in the hunt. The goals – Spencer Weir-Daley for Kettering after just 3 minutes and Callum Donnelly’s 52nd minute equaliser for Hitchin were both well taken. Apart from that neither keeper had a real save to make. Hitchin won most of the personal battles today, which was disappointing from the Kettering perspective. THE KETTERING SQUAD: Although both Rene Howe and Brett Solkhon reported fit, they were both among the substitutes as the only change to last Saturday’s line up saw Liam Canavan replace Ben Stephens. HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: The pitch was firm after last week’s rain, and Kettering kicked off towards the Morrison’s end with the benefit of the breeze. The Canaries started on the front foot and forced an early corner which the Poppies cleared easily. However Kettering scored in their first attack after 3 minutes. Liam Canavan got good contact on a shot at goal which deflected off of a defender. The ball fell to Spencer Weir-Daley, with a suspicion of an offside, and his finish was firm past Charlie Horlock. Hitchin were still the better side though and were winning a lot of possession. A 12th minute free kick from the right was well cleared by Herve Pepe-N’Goma. A minute later Kettering had another goal chance. James Brighton did well on the left and his cross was volleyed wide of the left upright by Canavan. A couple of Liam Bateman long throws into the penalty area were well dealt with by a well drilled defence. Hitchin then had a chance in the 20th minute as a cross from the right fell to Robbie Burns.His turn was good- but the shot was over the bar. Goalmouth action was at a premium as both defences dominated and another Bateman throw was bundled away for a corner on 28 minutes. Brighton’s deep cross from the right sailed over Dom Langdon’s head at the far post. There was a bit of niggle in midfield, usually involving Canavan, who was getting on the wrong end of the Referee’s whistle, largely for just being competitive. Kettering did have a chance again on 37 minutes. Good work by David Popa down the right won the ball for Wilson Carvalho to set up Canavan for the shot, which was just over the bar with Horlock beaten. Hitchin were given a succession of free kicks and Craig Hill took a few good takes as the half petered out. The second period saw some early good work from Brighton and as the ball fell to Carvalho, he fired wide of the left upright, from a decent position. Then Callum Donnelly, slightly off balance, lobbed wide at the other end- also from a good position. Kettering’s defence was then undone as the visitors equalised on 52 minutes. A long clearance upfield took a touch on and ran nicely for Callum Donnelly. Stretching, his lob was perfection over Hill, whose fingertips could not stop the ball entering the net. Canavan was finally yellow carded for accumulation of fouls, although the one he was finally adjudged to have committed may have been harsh. He was replaced by Brett Solkhon a couple of minutes later, and Rene Howe replaced David Popa, who had struggled to get into the game. Within a minute of entering the fray, Howe combined with Weir-Daley to set up Carvalho- but, off balance his left foot shot skewed wide. A rare effort on goal from Hitchin’s Robbie Burns saw Hill make a routine catch, and on 75 minutes, Chris Carruthers came to Hill’s rescue as the keeper missed a cross and Carruthers headed away from under his own bar. Three minutes later it was Hitchin’s turn to clear away from their own line as the excellent Lewis Rolfe headed away Weir- Daley’s cross. Will Grocott replaced Weir-Daley on 83 minutes and his first touch was to win a corner on the right which he took and Brett Solkhon headed wide of goal. The stalemate was confirmed as Dan Webb headed away Kettering’ final push for a winning goal. The Poppies are at home again this Thursday at 7.45pm when we entertain Dunstable Town. Full Time: Kettering Town 1 - 1 Hitchin Town Attendance: 673 Match Sponsors, SCA Hygiene, Poppies man of the match: Gary Mulligan Klondike: £155, Number 6462. Winner: Ken Jackson Yellow cards: Kettering: Canavan,55. Hitchin:None Substitutions: Kettering: Solkhon for Canavan,60;Howe for Popa,60;Grocott for Weir-Daley, 83. Hitchin: Smith for McNamara,78. Team Starting line-ups: Kettering: Craig Hill;Liam Bateman;Dominic Langdon;Gary Mulligan (Captain);Chris Carruthers;Herve Pepe-N’Goma;Wilson Carvalho;Liam Canavan;David Popa;Spencer Weir-Daley;James Brighton. Subs:Perry Cotton;Will Grocott;Rene Howe;Brett Solkhon;Ben Stephens. Hitchin Town:CharlieHorlock;Will Wright;Ben Walster;Josh Bickerstaff;Dan Webb;Lewis Rolfe;Jonny McNamara;Callum Donnelly (Captain);Brett Donnelly;Robbie Burns;Lucas Kirkpatrick. Subs: Kane Smith;Liam Brooks;Kieran Barnes;Matt Lench.


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 02nd Apr 2016
Kettering Town FC
Red/Black
Captain: Gary Mulligan
1 Craig Hill
2 Liam Bateman
3 Dominic Langdon
4 Gary Mulligan
5 Chris Carruthers
6 Herve Pepe-Ngoma
7 Wilson Carvalho
8 Liam Canavan
9 David Popa
10 Spencer Weir-Daley
11 James Brighton
12 Perry Cotton
14 Will Grocott
15 Rene Howe
16 Brett Solkhon
17 Ben Stephens
Hitchin Town
Yellow/Red
Captain: Callum Donnelly
1 Charlie Horlock
2 Will Wright
3 Ben Walster
4 Josh Bicherstaff
5 Dan Webb
6 Lewis Rolfe
7 Jonny McNamara
8 Callum Donnelly
9 Brett Donnelly
10 Robbie Burns
11 Lucas Kirlpatrick
12 Kane Smiith
14 Liam Brooks
15 Kieran Barnes
16 Matt Lench