Match Report - Biggleswade Town
Kettering Town FC: 2
James Brighton 08
Nathan Hicks 22
Spencer Weir-Daley > Wilson Carvalho52
Callum Westwood > Ben Baker57
Biggleswade Town: 1
Inih Effiong 28
Tony Burnett > Connor Vincent76
Kweko Lican > Ian Ress84
Kettering Town FC: 2
Biggleswade Town: 2
Tony Burnett 90
IN A NUTSHELL: Despite massive pre match problems in putting a team together,the Poppies were two goals up within 22 minutes through goals from James Brighton and Nathan Hicks. League leading scorer Inih Effiong pulled a goal back in the 22nd minute. With further injuries during the game the Poppies held their lead until the 90th minute when substitute Tony Burnett equalised to finish the scoring.
THE KETTERING SQUAD: Liam Bateman and James Haran returned after injury and suspension respectively. Liam Canavan was out injured and Gary Mulligan pulled up injured in the warm up. Callum Westwood was on the bench despite not having trained. Spencer Weir-Daley was named on the team sheet but had to be replaced by Ben Baker as he arrived late due to traffic issues.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:
All Kettering pre match plans were out the window as the game kicked off on a good surface. Despite this the Poppies took the game to their hosts.
After an early Kettering corner, the ball was played back in by Liam Bateman and Brett Solkhon headed wide.
League leading scorer, Inih Effiong saw a direct free kick blocked by the defensive wall – but Kettering were breaking well with the speed of Ben Baker, Wilson Carvalho and James Brighton.
Kettering took the lead on 7 minutes. Carvalho was getting the rough end of some tackles and was fouled on the edge of the penalty area. James Brighton’s low left foot shot beat keeper,Ian Brown at his right post.
New keeper Dean Snedker had little to do and it was 20 minutes before his first touch from open play when he cleared a back pass.
It was 2-0 after 22 minutes. The Poppies broke quickly with pace again and Ben Baker sped down the right before threading a ball through to Nathan Hicks. The midfielder rode a challenge and persevered to fire past Brown.
Effiong was the only one causing problems for Kettering and the burly striker showed quick feet for a big man. Snedker had to come off his line to clear from Effiong and then saved the striker’s low shot.
Effiong was not to be denied however as, on 29 minutes, he timed his run well on to a through ball, rounded Snedker, and skillfully threaded the ball into the net.
Biggleswade had a spell and Connor Hall side-footed a shot wide and Craig Daniel fired wide from the right.
The Poppies rallied and kept good possession before the break preventing any further chances- whist not making chances themselves.
Half Time: Biggleswade Town 1 - 2 Kettering Town
The Waders came out in more determined mood at the start of the half. Snedker made a routine save from Hall and Liam Bateman then got in a saving block on an effort from Connor Vincent.
On 56 minutes a poor Brett Solkhon pass gave Effiong a chance and as he turned inside from the right, his shot was high and wide.
Spencer Weir-Daley replaced Carvalho on 52 minutes after the lively forward had been stamped on. The Referee saw no offence committed with the Assistant on the other side of the ground.
Callum Westwood then replaced the limping Ben Baker, and almost immediately had a chance on the right- but fired wide. A Kettering corner on 62 minutes saw Brown paw the ball out from under the crossbar and Paul Malone’s follow up header was held by the keeper.
James Haran then eased Effiong off the ball to prevent a shot with penalty appeals waived away. As Biggleswade pressed for an equaliser both Solkhon and Hicks did very well in defensive positions – showing how Kettering were being pushed back.
Kettering broke again and Lewis Hornby’s shot on the turn was saved by Brown.
The game became even more open and Dom Langdon got in a telling defensive header whilst, at the other end, Westwood’s low cross from a dangerous break was knocked out for a corner.
Biggleswade brought on striker Tony Burnett to add options and skipper Craig Daniel had a couple of efforts- one saved and one out of the ground.
The Waders threw men forward in search of the equaliser. Snedker saved from both Effiong and Hall. But the away win was not to be as, in the last minute, Burnett took a cross from the right, turned and fired low past Snedker.
The Poppies forced a couple of late corners which were scrambled clear as the game ended all square.
Full Time: Biggleswade Town 2 - 2 Kettering Town
Attendance: 222 (Poppies fans estimated at 100)
Poppies Man of the Match: Nathan Hicks
1 Ian Brown
2 Callum Lewis
3 Lucas Perry
4 Ian Rees
(17 Kweko Lucan,84)
5 Russell Short
6 Gavin Hoyte
7 Craig Daniel (Captain)
8 Robbie Parker
9 Inih Effiong
10 Connor Hall
11 Connor Vincent (15 Tony Burnett,76)
Subs Unused: 12 George Bailey 14 Harry Norman 16 Chris Marsh
Yellow Cards: None
1 Dean Snedker
2 Liam Bateman
3 Dom Langdon
4 Brett Solkhon (Captain)
5 Paul Malone
6 James Haran
7 Wilson Carvalho (17 Callum Westwood,57)
8 Ben Baker (12 Spencer Weir-Daley,52)
9 Lewis Hornby
10 Nathan Hicks
11 James Brighton
Subs Unused: 14 Ben Bradshaw 15 Gary Mulligan
Yellow cards: None