Match Report - Market Drayton Town
Kettering Town FC: 3
Andy Gooding 17
Courtney Baker-Richardson 26
Andy Gooding 38
Market Drayton Town: 0
Jeff Watkins 18
Tom Lowe 32
Lyndon Campbell 38
Kettering Town FC: 5
Will Grocott 50
Jevani Brown 86
Liam Canavan > Jevani Brown67
Courtney Baker-Richardson > Justin Marsden77
Elliot Sandy > Dubi Ogbonna77
Market Drayton Town: 0
Jeff Watkins 72
James Bennett-Tindall > Harry Ioannon54
Lyndon Campbell > Josh Green54
Michael Reilly > Nigel Wellings64
Against a team which had won its last four games, scoring 13 goals without reply, The Poppies totally dominated this game from start to finish.
The scoreline of 5-0 was evidence of the domination, although the margin could have been much greater. Three goals came in the first half through two Andy Gooding penalties in the 17th and 37th minutes, and Courtney Baker-Richardson’s strike on the 27th minute.
Second half scorers were Will Grocott, after 51 minutes, and substitute Jevani Brown three minutes from time. The hosts were reduced to 10 men in the 72nd minute when defender, Jeff Watkins, received the second of two yellow cards.
With four players delayed by traffic and arriving too late to go into the starting eleven on the teamsheet, Marcus Law had to reorganise his team at short notice. Jamie McAlindon, recalled from Rugby Town was named in goal as Brett Solkhon and Steve Kinniburgh came into defence. Dom Langdon missed out with tonsilitis so Gary Mulligan reverted to centre back, which pushed James Brighton out to left midfield and the formation changed to accommodate two central strikers.
In line with FA regulations, seven substitutes were named in a very strong bench and, notably, Dubi Ogbonna returned from injury.
A good footballing surface was on offer as the sun shone at the Greenfields Sports Stadium.
An early Kettering free kick, for a foul on Elliot Sandy, saw Liam Canavan blast the free kick high over the bar.
Drayton’s first threat saw Simon Everall get to the ball in a good position - but he skewed his shot wide of the right post. Then some sloppy defending saw Everall again with a chance but he dragged his shot wide.
Young home keeper, Ash Rawlins, grabbed a good take from a dangerous James Brighton cross from the left. On 12 minutes, The Poppies created a great chance. Canavan’s cross from the left was met first time by Will Grocott and his right foot volley was narrowly over the bar from 12 yards.
Both Courtney Baker-Richardson and Elliot Sandy fired wide as Kettering took total control, before Sandy was pulled over in the box and referee Lisa Rashid pointed to the spot. Andy Gooding duly converted the penalty.
Will Grocott was prominent in most of the Kettering attacks, and his 20th minute free kick from the left flashed across goal with no one getting a touch. The next attack saw Grocott pull an effort wide, before the FA Cup's highest goalscorers doubled their lead.
A one-two between Sandy and Grocott saw the latter's low cross, from the left, stabbed in at the far post by Baker-Richardson.
Drayton briefly threatened, two minutes later, only for James Bennett-Tindall firing wide.
Kettering just kept coming forward and James Brighton got through on 35 minutes, only to scuff a shot wide with his weaker foot.
Two minutes later it was 3-0 as an inexplicable and unnecessary handball by Lyndon Campbell saw Gooding convert a second penalty.
It was all Kettering.
Baker-Richardson had a shot saved before Brighton got clear again - and this time Rawlins saved well.
The final action of the half saw Kettering have a genuine penalty appeal turned away, as Baker-Richardson was hauled down.
It could be reasonably expected that the home team would come out with renewed vigour at the start of the second half - but they were not given the opportunity - as Kettering nearly scored again in the first minute of the half.
Canavan’s goal bound shot was deflected and Rawlins did very well to change direction, and make the save at the foot of the left upright. The keeper then made a hash of a clearance, but got away with it as he was helped out by a defender.
James Brighton fired over and within seven minutes of the half it was 4-0. Good play by Sandy which released Brighton on the left and his low cross was forced in by Grocott.
The ever confident Grocott saw shots saved and blocked in the following two minutes and then Baker-Richardson fired wide, after the ball was well held up by Sandy.
On 59 minutes, it could have been five as Canavan pulled his shot wide after a Grocott through ball.
The otherwise untroubled Jamie McAlindon was called into action three times in six minutes as he made a great save from Michael O’Reilly’s free kick, and then an even better one from Will Whieldon’s shot. The third save from Scott Ryan was more comfortable. In between these home efforts, Grocott fired over and Sandy got clear but Rawlins saved.
It was not happening in front of goal for Sandy as he fired wide on the left and then lobbed the ball over when he had more time.
Any chance of a home fight back was effectively ended when Jeff Rawlins was sent off on 72 minutes for a second yellow card offence.
The Poppies brought on Jevani Brown on 67 minutes, before Dubi Ogbonna and Justin Marsden entered the fray 10 minutes later.
On 77 minutes, Rawlins made a great save from Brown and then Brett Solkhon headed over a Grocott cross. A couple of minutes later, Dubi Ogbonna had a sight of goal but he glanced the header wide.
Brown fired wide from a low Ogbonna cross, and Brighton’s corner was headed across goal by Gary Mulligan, only for Solkhon to head wide from close range.
Grocott’s 87th minute cross saw Brown’s shot saved and Rawlins also saved well from Ogbonna - but the keeper couldn't prevent Brown converting the loose ball to make it 5-0.
The final moments saw Grocott and Brighton fire over and Rawlins saved again - as Richard Bryan was trying to join in on the fun!
Attendance: 221 (Poppies Fans: Estimated 150)
Poppies Man of the Match: Will Grocott