Match Report - AFC Rushden & Diamonds
Kettering Town’s Under-21 Elite side recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season after they defeated AFC Rushden & Diamonds at Latimer Park on Saturday morning.
The Poppies started the better of the two sides, utilising the width of the pitch to great effect as Mitch Austin's side were looking to play around the defensive line, and run out from the back with the ball, with Obeng especially looking confident early on.
The first clear-cut opportunity of the game came on 5 minutes, and it led to the first goal of the afternoon. The lively Obeng did well to anticipate play, getting himself into a great position to latch onto a good cross from Richard Reubus Richard-Neol before firing into the top corner with precision past Alex Vitue in goal, who could do little.
Three minutes later and The Poppies had their second of the afternoon when Diamonds failed to clear a corner. The ball went all the way through to Rafa Garcia who thunderbolted a half volley home from a tight angle.
Obeng was involved again soon after. The striker opting to hit a fine volley first-time which took a massive delfection and the effort lopped straight into the back of the net, and The Poppies were good value for their three-goal lead.
Diamonds responded well to the increased pressure from the hosts, however, they did not given up their chances just yet when a break down the left flank enabled Lewis Fisher to drive a low cross which James Barron turned home at the near post to make it 3-1.
With three minutes left of the half, that lead was extended. Obeng showed great awareness inside the box, reacting quickest and lashed the ball past the keeper, grabbing his third goal of the match as a result.
Half-time saw chances very few and far between and it seemed as though the three points were sealed with little over 30 minutes remaining, but Diamonds came forward again. A poorly cleared ball out of defence ended with Matthew Kumar heading home which was out of reach of the dive of Tayal.
The full-time whistle followed in what was an entertaining fixture, with Austin’s side now having only lost once in their opening five fixtures of the United Counities League U-21's Division campaign.