Match Report - Dorchester Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Will Grocott 24

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Dorchester Town: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 3

Goals

Spencer Weir-Daley 48
Rene Howe 88

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Liam Bateman > Dominic Langdon52
Ben Stephens > Will Grocott63
Elliot Sandy > Spencer Weir-Daley78

Dorchester Town: 0

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Mark Jermyn 46
Nathan Walker 68

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Substitutions

Liam Sayers > Ben Watson59
Terry Holmes > Bradley Tarbuck69
Luke Holmes > Jason Brooks82


Match Report

IN A NUTSHELL: It was a great shame that the lowest home league gate of the season witnessed the best home league performance to date.The Poppies put the Magpies to the sword with a scintillating performance. After a quiet start, Kettering played some flowing football and took the lead on 24 minutes through the recalled Will Grocott. Spencer Weir-Daley increased the lead within 4 minutes of the second half, and after late pressure from Dorchester, Rene Howe sealed the game with an 88th minute strike. THE KETTERING SQUAD: Liam Bateman was back from injury and Will Grocott was brought in for his first start for a while. Dom Langdon and Chris Carruthers reverted to the bench which also included keeper, Paul Walker who was back from injury. HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: It was a cold night at Latimer Park, and the pitch was very playable although well sanded in the main problem area. It was a slow start although Dorchester, buoyed by their excellent win at Merthyr on Saturday, were quickest out of the blocks. Craig Hill held an early effort from Luke Holmes, as the visitors looked to exploit Kettering’s hesitancy. Wilson Carvalho did get in a threatening low cross which was cleared, and Gary Mulligan could not control his header from a free kick. The Poppies slowly got going, and when they did, they started to produce some excellent free flowing football, which usually involved Liam Canavan. A 19th minute corner from James Brighton saw the ball played out to Carvalho and his goal-bound shot was blocked in the six yard box by a defender, with keeper Shane Murphy unsighted. Then, almost immediately, a smart turn and shot from Spencer Weir-Daley saw another defender make a saving block. Dorchester briefly threatened on 23 minutes as Liam Sayers cut inside to shoot but Hill was well placed to save. A minute later Kettering took the lead. A free kick was cleared out to Rene Howe on the right and his low driven pull back was swept in by Will Grocott. Howe was on fire at this stage and his left foot volley from Brighton’s cross was very well kept out by Murphy’s reaction save. Then Howe hit a right foot curler from just outside the left of the penalty area and the shot cannoned off the angle of the right post and bar. It was all Kettering. Canavan saw an on-target shot blocked and Brighton’s accurate shot was unfortunately deflected wide off of Grocott. Weir-Daley saw his 34th minute shot saved and Brett Solkhon had another goal-bound effort blocked as the Magpies defence just about held out. There was one warning for the Poppies as central defender, Nathan Walker, got up for a set piece, and may have done better as he headed over the bar from a few yards out. The Poppies certainly were worthy of their half time lead. Within seconds of the restart, Dorchester Player-Manager Mark Jermyn was yellow carded for a hefty challenge on danger man Howe. Howe was not to be shackled however, as he set up Weir-Daley on 49 minutes for the second goal. Whether it was a chip over Murphy or a cross was not certain- but what was clear was that the ball dropped into the net to double the lead. Hill saved again from Luke Holmes on 50 minutes as the Magpies tried to respond. This was only a prelude to another 10 minutes of excellent football from the Poppies. Murphy got down to smother the ball from a dangerous attack as Grocott threatened. The next few minutes beggared belief for Liam Canavan as somehow he could not find the net. Firstly, he saw an on target shot very well blocked;next his low shot produced an excellent save from Murphy and, finally, his firm shot cannoned off the bar with Murphy beaten. Both teams used all their substitutions during the half and unfortunately for the impressive Liam Bateman he sustained a hamstring injury to be replaced by Dom Langdon. Ben Watson came on for Dorchester- his second appearance after an injury lay-off and he looked sharp,but his 65th minute shot went straight to Hill. Nathan Walker was moved up from central defence to attack as the Magpies threw men forward. The visitors had lots of possession and threat but at this stage of the game, with 20 minutes to go, but they could not get at goal due to some resolute defending. Ben Stephens came on for Grocott and on 72 minutes got through on goal but the shot lacked power and Murphy collected. As Dorchester huffed and puffed, Kettering were relying on breaks and scored a third goal on 88 minutes. A nice move saw Carvalho and Stephens combine and Stephens set up Howe on the right for a straightforward finish. There was still time for Canavan to rattle the crossbar yet again and Howe’s final effort was to try to chip Murphy but the keeper saved. More of this and the crowds should come flooding back….. The Poppies now face two more away games at Histon on Saturday and at Slough on Tuesday before the next home game against Cirencester on Saturday 5th March. Full Time: Kettering Town 3 - 0 Dorchester Town Attendance: 342 Poppies man of the match: Rene Howe Yellow cards: Kettering: none Dorchester: Jermyn,46;Walker,67 Substitutions: Kettering: Langdon for Bateman,53;Stephens for Grocott,64;Sandy for Weir-Daley 77. Dorchester: Watson for Sayers,59;Tarbuck for T. Holmes,69;Brooks for l. Holmes 83. Klondike: £115 number 4630 . Winner: Congratulations to Lloyd Spracklen


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 23rd Feb 2016
Kettering Town FC
Red/Black
Captain:
1 Craig Hill
2 Liam Bateman
3 James Brighton
4 Brett Solkhon
5 Gary Mulligan
6 Herve Pepe-Ngoma
7 Wilson Carvalho
8 Spencer Weir-Daley
9 Rene Howe
10 Liam Canavan
11 Will Grocott
12 Chris Carruthers
14 Dominic Langdon
15 Elliot Sandy
16 Ben Stephens
17 Paul Walker
Dorchester Town
White/Black
Captain:
1 Shane Murphy
2 Oakley Hanger
3 Jake Smeeton
4 Mark Jermyn
5 Matt Oldring
6 Nathan Walker
7 Charlie Davis
8 Franklyn Clarke
9 Terry Holmes
10 Luke Holmes
11 Liam Sayers
12 Ben Watson
14 Jason Brooks
15 Bradley Tarbuck
16 Simon Proffitt
17 Alan Walker-Harris