Match Report - Market Drayton Town
Kettering Town FC: 1
Spencer Weir-Daley 23
Market Drayton Town: 0
Kettering Town FC: 5
Spencer Weir-Daley 59
Spencer Weir-Daley 64
Spencer Weir-Daley 84
Nathan Hicks 86
Ben Bradshaw 61
Liam Bateman > Callum Westwood55
Wilson Carvalho > Aaron O Connor55
Ben Stephens > Ben Bradshaw67
Market Drayton Town: 1
Will Whieldon 83
Dan Beddows 71
Scott Ryan > Joe Cuff62
Tom Edge > Glynn Coney67
IN A NUTSHELL: Four goal Spencer Weir-Daley was the Kettering hero today in the 15th,60th,66th and 87th minutes. Nathan Hicks added a 5th goal in the 89th minute and Will Whieldon scored a consolation for Market Drayton on 86 minutes. It was a comfortable victory against lower ranked opponents, who, to their credit, never relented at any time. THE KETTERING SQUAD: With everyone apart from Paul White reporting fit, Marcus Law rang the changes. Brett Solkhon,James Brighton,Liam Canavan and Ben Baker were not even in the squad. Wilson Carvalho,Rene Howe and James Haran were all on the bench with Ben Stephens and Liam Bateman. The starting 11 saw Callum Westwood, Gary Mulligan,Paul Malone,and Lewis Hornby coming in and Spencer Weir-Daley and Matthew Barnes-Homer joining Aaron O’Connor in a three man attack.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: There was not a large crowd in attendance as the Poppies played towards the Morrison’s end in the first half. The visitors made a spirited start as Kettering got to grips with their many changes. Keeper Dean Snedker just got to Will Whieldon’s header, palming it over the bar and from the corner Tyrell Payton headed over. A quick break in the 8th minute saw Aiden Haughton shoot over the bar. Haughton was an early repeat offender in the foul department and was spoken to by the Referee. Kettering managed to force a couple of corners, but the delivery was poor, allowing easy clearances. Matthew Barnes-Homer, making his home debut saw a 14th minute shot deflected for a corner. The resultant kick was cleared only for Nathan Hicks to knock it back into the box, where an unmarked Spencer Weir-Daley drove the ball across keeper Ash Rawlins, and into the net for the opening goal. Lewis Hornby had a shooting chance but the effort was high and wide. Dom Langdon then set up a great chance for Weir-Daley but he shot over the bar from a few yards out. Weir-Daley had another chance within seconds as a rebound fell nicely for him. His left foot shot was saved off Rawlins’ legs. Market Drayton were getting a number of free kicks and pushing up men for the set pieces – but the Kettering defence was solid. Dan Beddows’ 22nd minute left foot shot was dragged wide of goal. James O’Neil’s free kick was wide of the left post and Haughton again upset the Referee – but no card- just a talking to by the Referee, with his captain. In between all the visitors’ free kicks into the Kettering penalty area, Weir-Daley tried to lob Rawlins but it was a straightforward catch for the keeper. Kettering’s Aaron O’Connor’s timing or concentration were off as he fell foul of the Assistants flag on a number of occasions. Kettering had a spell and O’Connor set up Weir-Daley,whose control was good- but Rawlins made another good stop.Nathan Hicks’ shot was blocked and Callum Westwood’ 37th minute cross was taken by Rawlins under the bar. More free kicks followed for Market Drayton- but only one chance was created and Whieldon stretched for a header which sailed over.
Half Time: Kettering Town 1 - 0 Market Drayton Town
Weir-Daley’s 46th minute shot was saved by Rawlins and at the other end Whieldon’s free kick deflected off of Westwood. Kettering skipper,Gary Mulligan got a toe onto the ball in the six yard box to prevent a scoring chance for the visitors. The play deteriorated for 10 minutes before Kettering managed to win a corner – which was well defended. Wilson Carvalho replaced the out-of-sorts O’Connor and with his first touches set up the second goal. Beating his man on the right his driven cross was volleyed in by Weir-Daley in the 60th minute. Market Drayton’s response in the 65th minute saw skipper, Paul McMullen, head over from a corner. Weir-Daley benefitted from a poor back header from Kev Buxton and ran on to beat the exposed Rawlins to make it 3-0 in the 66th minute. Weir-Daley could have had another 5 minutes later as he met Hornby’s free kick but the header was over the bar. The visitors’ substitute,Ben Ose, had a chance as he met a cross from the right but he stabbed the ball wide. Weir-Daley’s 77th minute shot was well saved by Rawlins. The next chance fell to away substitute Scott Ryan, who latched onto a loose ball but his low shot was wide with Snedker beaten. Weir-Daley and Hicks saw shots saved in the 85th minute – with Weir-Daley initially and again clear on goal and Rawlins thwarting him. Market Drayton pulled a goal back in the 86th minute as Ryan’s shot was well saved by Snedker- but Whieldon followed up the rebound to head home. Kettering added two more goals in the 87th and 89th minutes. First Weir-Daley scored his best goal with a fine left foot volley high into the net and then the same player crossed from the left to allow Hicks a left foot far post finish.
It’s back to league action on Tuesday with a tough visit to Merthyr Town (7.45pm)
Full Time: Kettering Town 5 - 1 Market Drayton Town
Klondike for £130 Number: 10950 Winner: Tony Ellis of Cressage
Elgoods Brewery Poppies Man of the Match: Spencer Weir-Daley
Kettering Town: 1 Dean Snedker 2 CalumWestwood (12 Liam Bateman, 58) 3 Dom Langdon 4 Gary Mulligan (Captain) 5 Paul Malone 6 Ben Bradshaw (17 Ben Stephens,70) 7 Nathan Hicks 8 Spencer Weir-Daley 9 Matthew Barnes-Homer 10 Aaron O’Connor ( 14 Wilson Carvalho,58) 11 Lewis Hornby
Subs Unused: 15 Rene Howe 16 James Haran
Yellow card: Bradshaw,64
Market Drayton Town: 1 Ash Rawlins 2 Kev Buxton 3 James O’Neil 4 Jud Ellis 5 Paul McMullen ( Captain) 6 Tyrell Payton 7 Joe Cuff (12 Scott Ryan, 65) 8 Dan Beddows 9 Aiden Haughton (14 Ben Osei, 68) 10 Will Whieldon 11 Glynn Coney (15 Tom Edge,70)
Subs unused: 16 Martyn Davies 17 Lyndon Campbell
Yellow Card: Beddows,73.