Match Report - Weymouth
Kettering Town FC: 0
Aaron O Connor 19
Liam Canavan 28
Bradley Tarbuck 12
Dan Thomas 27
Kettering Town FC: 3
Brett Solkhon 83
Brett Solkhon 87
Liam Canavan 92
Nathan Hicks > Callum Westwood79
Aaron O Connor > Spencer Weir-Daley88
Wilson Carvalho > Ben Stephens90
Jake Wannell > Stewart Fleetwood64
Dan Smith > Jordan Copp87
MATCH SPONSORS: THE KNOTTLEY CREW CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF FAYE KNOTT
IN A NUTSHELL: At the ninth time of asking the Poppies won a home league game. They had to do it the hard way after gifting Weymouth the lead in the 13th minute through on-loan striker Bradley Tarbuck. But second half goals from Aaron O'Connor, Brett Solkhon and Liam Canavan secured the three points. In fairness Kettering deserved this win after dominating a good part of the game. THE KETTERING SQUAD: The injury list was still evident with Paul White,Gary Mulligan, Paul Malone, Lewis Hornby and Liam Bateman all unavailable and Ben Baker turning out for the under 21's that morning. Dean Snedker remained in goal. Nathan Hicks and Brett Solkhon had to play in defence. Liam Canavan and Aaron O'Connor started and young Ben Bradshaw made his debut in midfield. On the bench were Steve Kinniburgh,Callum Westwood and Ben Stephens not yet match fit and Spencer Weir-Daley with back up keeper Jamie McAlindon.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: Weymouth had Ashley Wells and Sam Jordan unavailable but included amongst the substitutes were on loan strikers Bradley Tarbuck and the prolific Stuart Fleetwood -both signed yesterday, and not fully fit Stuart Yetton. The Poppies had a great chance within seconds of the kick off. Rene Howe headed on for Liam Canavan but his shot was just over Dan Thomas's bar. Howe was then put clear in the 2nd minute but Thomas got out to block the shot with his body. Thomas then collected James Brighton's overhit free kick. It was still only in the fourth minute as Poppies keeper, Dean Snedker, had to be quick off his line to smother the ball as Ben Thompson bore down on goal. Weymouth's 8th minute corner was cleared and 2 resultant shots were blocked by Kettering defenders. Kettering gifted Weymouth a goal after 13 minutes. With the ball on their left wing, and Kettering in possession, a trio of mishit passes literally gifted Bradley Tarbuck a clear shot on goal and he guided the ball past Snedker. The Poppies almost equalised four minutes later as James Brighton's corner from the right was headed across goal and wide by Dom Langdon. Kettering forced a couple of corners and there was plenty of pushing and shoving in the 6 yard box and the Referee struggled to control it. Again a few minutes later the same happened and Thomas and Canavan were yellow carded as the keeper raised his arms at the Kettering player. On 32 minutes Aaron O'Connor was pulled down in the penalty area but the Assistant's flag was up for an offside. The Terras first incisive move in the 35th minute almost produced a second goal. A swift exchange between Tarbuck and Thompson saw Tarbuck fire just over. At the other end and with four minutes to the interval Kettering's O'Connor came in from the left and his right foot shot brought out a superb save from Thomas. Almost immediately another Kettering move saw Liam Canavan's shot, destined for the net, brilliantly tipped over by Thomas. Just on the half time whistle, a good break from Weymouth saw Snedker, this time, make a good save low to his right from Billy Lawes' shot. Once again, Kettering were going in at the break disappointed to be behind in the game.
Half Time: Kettering Town 0 - 1 Weymouth
Kettering had the first chance of the second half as O'Connor turned to fire high and wide from a decent position. Then Brighton's corner was headed wide by Brett Solkhon. Weymouth began to look comfortable in their containing game and were content to rely on the breakaway. The Poppies conceded a couple of corners, unnecessarily, but defended well. On 62 minutes Wilson Carvalho's speculative effort was just over the bar. Kettering then, for once, benefited from an error as they equalised in the 66th minute. Out of nothing the ball was on the left at O'Connor's feet. He swept a low shot at goal and somehow Thomas, despite getting a touch, allowed the ball through and into the net. The game settled for a good 10 minutes with not a lot of goal action. Weymouth's 74th minute corner was cleared and three minutes later, Nathan Hicks' snapshot was just over the bar. Kettering took the lead on 85 minutes. A deep free kick on the right by Brighton was headed back towards the six yard box and Brett Solkhon's bicycle kick came off a defender and hit the post.As the ball dropped Solkhon lasted in from close range. A number of substitutions followed for both sides as Kettering looked to protect their lead and Weymouth searched for an equaliser. Terra's centre back Stephane Zubar had to stretch to get a header in on goal but was wide of the target. In the final minute of added time a decisive pass from Kettering substitute, Ben Stephens, found Canavan who stoked the final goal past Thomas. It was a win and an encouraging performance against a decent side. Now to Chesham on Tuesday for a tough league game, and back to Latimer Park next Saturday for the F A Trophy against Market Drayton Town. Full Time: Kettering Town 3 - 1 Weymouth
Poppies Sponsors, The Knottley Crew, Man of the Match: Ben Bradshaw
Klondike Result: For £125 -Ticket Number: 10506 Winner: Mrs L Clarke
Kettering Town: 1 Dean Snedker 2 Nathan Hicks (15 CallumWestwood, 82) 3 Dom Langdon 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) 5 James Haran 6 Ben Bradshaw 7 Wilson Carvalho (14 Ben Stephens, 90+2) 8 Aaron O'Connor (16 Spencer Weir-Daley,90) 9 Rene Howe 10 Liam Canavan 11 James Brighton Subs Unused: 12 Steve Kinniburgh 17 Jamie McAlindon
Yellow cards:O'Connor,21; Canavan,30,Brighton,87.
Weymouth: 13 Dan Thomas 2 Mark Cooper 3 Jake Wannell 4 Dean Evans 5 Stephane Zubar 6 Calvin Brooks 7 Billy Lowes 8 Charlie Davis ( 16 Stuart Yetton,86) 9 Bradley Tarbuck (14 Stuart Fleetwood,65) 10 Ben Thompson 11 Dan Smith (12 Jordan Copp,88)
Subs Unused: 1 Jason Matthews 15 Mark Molesley
Yellow Card: Thomas,30.