Match Report - Bamber Bridge
Kettering Town FC: 0
Bamber Bridge: 1
Brett Ormerod 15
Kettering Town FC: 1
Liam Canavan 51
Dubi Ogbonna > Courtney Baker-Richardson68
Will Grocott > Elliot Sandy76
Saul Williams > Jevani Brown85
Bamber Bridge: 1
Joe Booth 92
David Hankin > Daniel Mahoney62
Matty Key > Curtis Thompson63
Brett Ormerod > Regan Linney73
The teams must fight it out again next Tuesday at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium as they played out a 1-1 draw in a tough game today. Ex-Premiership striker, Brett Ormerod gave The Brig a great start in the 16th minute with Liam Canavan equalising in the 51st minute.
The final result hinged on two ‘penalty’ decisions in the second half, which both went against The Poppies and they have keeper, Jamie McAlindon to thank for saving Jamie Milligan’s 79th minute spot kick.
Once again a much changed line up. Jamie McAlindon returned and Ollie Thorne was out injured. In came Saul Williams, Will Grocott, Andy Gooding and Liam Canavan, who passed a fitness test. Players dropping to the bench were Enol Ordonez,Courtney Baker-Richardson, Elliot Sandy and Jevani Brown.
Most of the first half belonged to the visitors as The Poppies much changed line up firstly seemed very slow to blend, and secondly a number of the players had a poor half.
It was clear that Bamber Bridge had gone for experience on the field and it showed.
Despite this it was The Poppies who did create the first half-chances as Liam Canavan fired wide, Dubi Ogbonna failed to control an ‘up and under’ from Brett Solkhon and then the same player lobbed over the bar after an Andy Gooding corner.
Soon the more fluent play from the visitors saw Jamie McAlindon get down well to smother from Matty Kay. The Bamber pressure was however to prove fruitful when the took the lead on 16 minutes. Brett Ormerod provided the finish as he beat McAlindon at close range.
The Poppies tried to respond as Canavan’s left foot shot drifted well wide and Ogbonna’s drive was over the top.
As the half hour came and went The Brig piled on the pressure winning a number of corners and free kicks and Joe Booth’s 36th minute shot was deflected over the bar. From the corner the ball was played low and Darren Green’s left foot drive saw McAlindon keep out with his legs.
Canavan, playing up top, sent a right foot shot well wide before Kettering’s best attempt in the 39th minute. Canavan and James Brighton had two on target shots blocked and Canavan’s follow up shot was deflected over the bar.
Gary Mulligan then got a firm header on Andy Gooding’s free kick- but it was well wide of the target. The Brighton’s shot hit Saul Williams and rolled out for a goal kick.
Finally, in the half visiting keeper, Lee Dovey, gathered Williams shot at the second attempt.
Within seconds of the start of the second half, Kettering may have scored. Canavan broke clear and only an excellent saving tackle from Matt Lawlor prevented the shot.
The Poppies had certainly come out of the dressing room with a more determined attitude and a 49th minute flowing move involving Will Grocott and Williams saw Ogbonna’s close range shot hit Dovey’s outstretched leg and loop just over the bar. It was, in fact, a great save.
Kettering equalised in the 51st minute. A good interchange on the right saw Williams set Brett Solkhon off into the penalty area. His accurate low cross found Canavan at the far post, and he eventually applied the finish.
With Kettering’s tail now up, Williams went on a mazy run, only to be upended on the edge of the penalty area. Gooding’s low free kick came off the defensive wall.
Will Grocott’s 67th minute cross from the left glanced off the top of Solkhon’s head and then Grocott saw his 75th minute shock blocked.
There was real drama in the 79th minute as Bamber were awarded a penalty. The ball seemed to be cleared well and as the substitute, Curtis Thompson went over, the Assistant flagged for a foul. It was in the penalty area and veteran Jamie Mulligan’s penalty was brilliantly saved by McAlindon.
Sam Joel then won a free kick at the edge of the area and McAlindon was rooted to his line as Booth’s low free kick went narrowly wide of the right post. Joel then saw a shot saved.
There was very late drama as a good Kettering move saw the ball worked in from the left and squared for Andy Gooding whose drive cannoned off the right post and Courtney Baker-Richardson’s follow up was well blocked.
In added time, Steve Kinniburgh rescued The Poppies with a late saving tackle in his own six yard box - and then there was very late drama in the visitors penalty area.
Dovey came racing off his line and appeared to floor Baker- Richardson without getting anything on the ball. The Referee was unmoved, so no penalty, and the game ended in a draw.
Poppies Man of the Match: Liam Canavan
Klondike: 1st Prize: (£160) Number: 1890 Winner: To Be Claimed
Poppies Trust Club 500: Numbers 185 - Matthew Cook and 118 - Brian Aldis - both win £60.