Match Report - Slough Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

Yellow Cards

James Haran 10
Jack Kelly 28

Red Cards

Substitutions

Nathan Hicks > James Haran45
Liam Canavan > Paul Malone45

Slough Town: 2

Goals

Chrlie Moone 02
Chrlie Moone 29

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions


Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Aaron O Connor 88
Rene Howe 93

Yellow Cards

Liam Canavan 52
Rene Howe 66

Red Cards

Substitutions

Mathew Barnes-Homer > Jack Kelly68

Slough Town: 3

Goals

James Dobson 57

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions

Nathan Smart > Sean Fraser62
Lewis Putman > Nathan Webb72
Can Hicks > Simon Dunn78


Match Report

IN A NUTSHELL:

Slough took a deserved 3-0 lead by the 58th minute today against a Kettering side which looked second best for most of the game. Two goals in the 2nd and 29th minutes from Charlie Moone and 57th minute through James Dobson set up a routine win- but a late fightback saw Aaron O’Connor and Rene Howe score in the 89th and 93rd minutes. In truth the second placed team in the table deserved their win albeit that their three goals had a tinge of fortune about them. THE KETTERING SQUAD:

With Brett Solkhon nursing a virus and Liam Canavan absent during the week from training,both were on the substitutes bench. In came Jack Kelly and Wilson Carvalho, with Dom Langdon filling in at centre back.

HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:

Kettering were rocked by a second minute goal from Charlie Moone. As the defence appealed for offside,Moone ran on to finish well past the exposed Dean Snedker. Home officials, in a better position than the writer, confirmed honestly at half time that Moone looked clearly offside. The Poppies had a 4th minute free kick in a good position for James Brighton- but Wilson Carvalho hit it and it was an easy catch for home custodian,Mark Scott. It was then the Rebels turn for a direct free kick which James Dobson beat the defensive wall but the shot drifted wide. Aaron O’Connor rounded Scott to put the ball in the net on 14 minutes but it was correctly ruled offside by the more alert second Assistant! Simon Dunn had a shooting chance for Slough but chipped his shot well over the bar. Kettering should have equalized in the 17th minute. Brighton’s corner on the right dropped nicely for unmarked James Haran at the far post- and what seemed an easy finish- saw him somehow glance the header wide of goal. Slough replied immediately and Mark Nisbet, up for a corner, had a free header- but it was straight at Snedker. The home side were clearly more au fait with the artificial surface and it showed at times. On 22 minutes, Kettering’s Dom Langdon slipped and left Moone clear on goal. Snedker did well to close down the striker and Moone lobbed wide of goal. It was a great chance. Moone, however, atoned in the 29th minute. Jack Kelly was yellow carded for an obstruction. The free kick was initially missed by Moone, but a fortunate rebound left the ball at his feet for an easy finish from close in. Kettering slowly got to grips with the game, and a quieter 15 minutes saw Slough subdued but Kettering unable to threaten a goal. Haran who had been yellow carded after just 10 minutes was treading a thin line with a couple of fouls and found himself given a final warning in the 44th minute. The Poppies created a good opening in added time- but Rene Howe’s cross from the right was badly overhit.

Half Time: Slough Town 2 - 0 Kettering Town

At half time Nathan Hicks replaced Haran and Liam Canavan replaced Paul Malone, with Gary Mulligan reverting to central defence in an effort to give a better balance. Kelly was relieved to see his 47th minute interception from a cross just clear his own bar. Just as Kettering began to gain some hope with a bit more effort being seen - Slough scored a third. They broke quickly after a Kettering attack and found a three on two situation. James Dobson had a clear run on goal down the left and when Dom Langdon was brought down by Moone, he could not get across to challenge and Dobson rounded Snedker for a cool finish. The Referee clearly did not see the infringement – but credit to the scorer, who finished well. Soon Snedker had to be alert as Kelly’s header from a free kick headed towards his own goal- but the diving keeper held the ball. Kettering at last had a spell and O’Connor’s low cross from the right was well defended. Then, the otherwise quiet Lewis Hornby had a chance but fired badly over the bar. Snedker was soon back in action as he took a nasty Dobson cross and then saved well from substitute,Danny Hicks, after Canavan was robbed in midfield. From the corner Nisbet shot over. Kettering scored what looked to be a consolation goal in the 89th minute as O’Connor’s finish from a Hicks cross was clinical. Snedker saved well from Moone,to deny the striker a hat-trick, before Kettering scored again in added time. Keeper, Scott beat away a shot from substitute, Matthew Barnes-Homer, and Rene Howe also fished clinically from 15 yards. There was little time left as the Referee soon ended the game- and the feeling was that another five minutes may have seen an unlikely and probably undeserved equaliser.

Over the holiday period the Poppies have a tough game at home to Kings Lynn on Boxing Day (3pm) and a visit to revitalised Cambridge City on Monday 2nd January (3pm).

Full Time: Slough Town 3 - 2 Kettering Town Attendance: 588 (Poppies fans estimated at 75)

Poppies Man of the Match: Dean Snedker

Line-ups:

Slough Town 1 Mark Scott 2 Sean Fraser (Captain) (14 Nathan Smart,62) 3 Paul Stonehouse 4 Guy Hollis 5 Mark Nisbet 6 Lee Togwell 7 James Dobson 8 Simon Dunn (12 Dan Hicks,78) 9 Chris Flood 10 Charlie Moone 11 Nathan Webb (15 Lewis Putman,72) Subs unused: 16 Elijah Adebayo 18 Gavin James Yellow cards:None

Kettering Town: 1 Dean Snedker 2 James Haran (15 Nathan Hicks,46) 3 Jack Kelly (14 Matthew Barnes-Homer,68) 4 Dom Langdon 5 Paul Malone (12 Liam Canavan,46) 6 Gary Mulligan(Captain) 7 Lewis Hornby 8 Aaron O’Connor 9 Rene Howe 10 Wilson Carvalho 11 James Brighton

Subs Unused: 16 Brett Solkhon 17 Paul White

Yellow cards: Haran,10;Kelly,28;Canavan,52;Howe,66


Team Sheet

Location: Away ()
Kick Off: 17th Dec 2016
Kettering Town FC

Captain: Gary Mulligan
1 Dean Snedker
2 James Haran
3 Jack Kelly
4 Dominic Langdon
5 Paul Malone
6 Gary Mulligan
7 Lewis Hornby
8 Aaron O Connor
9 Rene Howe
10 Wilson Carvalho
11 James Brighton
12 Liam Canavan
14 Mathew Barnes-Homer
15 Nathan Hicks
16 Brett Solkhon
17 Paul White
Slough Town

Captain: Sean Fraser
1 Mark Scott
2 Sean Fraser
3 Paul Stonehouse
4 Gut holls
5 Mark Nisbet
6 Lee Togwell
7 James Dobson
8 Simon Dunn
9 Chris Flood
10 Chrlie Moone
11 Nathan Webb
12 Can Hicks
14 Nathan Smart
15 Lewis Putman
16 Ejah Adetayo
17 Gavin James