Match Report - Cambridge City
Kettering Town FC: 1
Liam Canavan 27
Aaron O Connor 27
Cambridge City: 2
Ryan Sharman 08
Matthew Stevens 15
Kettering Town FC: 3
Aaron O Connor 84
Wilson Carvalho 88
Liam Canavan 63
Liam Bateman > Nathan Hicks60
Wilson Carvalho > Mathew Barnes-Homer65
Jack Kelly > James Brighton90
Cambridge City: 2
Buster Harradine 63
Tristen Abrahams > Charlie Woolfe63
Paul Cooper > Jordan Williams69
IN A NUTSHELL:
The Poppies were 2-0 down after just 15 minutes as the Lillywhites scored through Ryan Sharman and Matthew Stevens with Liam Canavan pulling a goal back after 26 minutes. Kettering took more control in the second period and won the game with two late goals from Aaron O’Connor and Rene Howe in the 85th and 88th minutes respectively.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
There was something of a surprise as Paul White took over from Dean Snedker in goal. Paul Malone returned in defence and with the absent James Haran (ill) and Lewis Hornby (injured hamstring), Matthew Barnes- Homer got a start with Wilson Carvalho reverting to the bench, where there was a welcome return for Liam Bateman after injury.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:
The pitch was understandably heavy after rain and frost and the surface was going to be a challenge for some. City created the first chance as Salim Relizani’s cross from the right and was missed by Ryan Sharman, falling to Buster Harradine at the far post who fired tamely wide. Sharman was not to be outdone as just three minutes later he met another cross from the right and a scored with a firm header. Kettering won a free kick in the 12th minute and as James Brighton floated in the kick, Paul Malone was penalised for a foul. City were two goals up in the 15th minute. A through ball was missed by Malone and Matthew Stevens had a free run on goal, rounding Paul White to finish well. Just a couple of minutes later it could well have been 3-0 as Kettering’s free kick was cleared and it became a 5 on 2 situation – but City contrived to waste the chance as Kettering cleared. Kettering created a chance on 21 minutes as a Nathan Hicks cross from the right found Aaron O’Connor- but the striker lost control of the ball. Kettering’s best chance to date came as they began to step up their game but Brett Solkhon headed wide after Matthew Barnes-Homer headed a free kick back across goal. The visitors pulled a goal back on 26 minutes. Gary Mulligan’s ball out on the right found Barnes-Homer. His low cross was spilled by ex Poppy, Enol Ordonez, in goal and Liam Canavan followed up to score. On the half hour, again, Kettering were caught out in a breakaway after losing possession from an attacking corner. However, Nathan Hicks made good ground and a combination of Hicks and keeper, Paul White, saw off the danger. The Poppies were finally beginning to play as O’Connor had the ball in the net after a cross from Hicks, headed on by Rene Howe- but Solkhon was adjudged offside. On 42 minutes, Howe’s cross saw Brighton mis-cue and Barnes-Homer’s shot was blocked. City’s only other effort came right on half time as skipper, Ross Paterson, fired high over the bar.
Cambridge City 2 - 1 Kettering Town
Kettering had a good chance to equalise just a couple of minutes into the half. O’Connor did well on the right forcing his way to the byline. His cross found Brighton at the back post and the header looped up for Ordonez to save comfortably. A minute later,Canavan’s free kick went just over the bar. There was a scare for Kettering as Solkhon’s back pass to White was too short and Malone came to the rescue with an important challenge. Malone was soon in action at the other end as his shot was blocked after a corner was partly cleared. On 57 minutes, Brighton’s free kick was just over the bar. Kettering’s Canavan was yellow carded for simulation in the 63rd minute as he went down in the area under a challenge. Whether there was actually contact only Canavan and the defender will know. Kettering were going for it- but still susceptible on the break and Harradine’s 67th minute shot was well palmed over by White. City were gifted a great chance to go 3-1 up after 70 minutes. Malone’s short free kick was straight to Harradine and he was clear on goal. Fortunately for Kettering White made a great save to keep the Poppies in the game. Harradine had another couple of efforts off target before Ordonez made a good take from a deep Liam Bateman cross, with Rene Howe challenging. On 78 minutes O’Connor had the ball in the net again but an offence had been committed by a Kettering player and the ‘goal’ was disallowed. As the game entered the last 10 minutes, Kettering had all the possession and it became frantic. O’Connor completely mis-kicked as he had sight of goal and the Poppies won three corners in quick succession. On 84 minutes, Brighton’s free kick to the far post saw Malone’s firm low header saved at the right post by a scramblimg Ordonez. From the resultant corner Kettering drew level. Brighton’s corner on the right curled over the big men and O’Connor’s header at the far post was precise and inside the left upright. On the restart,City were prompted into attack and Salim Relizani fired wide with Dom Langdon making a fine challenge. The Poppies however were far from done and on 87 minutes a cross from the right was inches away from a final touch into the net. The Poppies won the game in the 88th minute and the goal was fit for purpose. Brighton’s cross from the left was met on the right by Rene Howe and his first time volley gave Ordonez no chance as the Poppies fans and players went wild. So it’s 13 points from the last 6 games and on Saturday next we are at home to Basingstoke Town for our ‘SHOW YOUR SUPPORT DAY’. Kick off is at 3pm.Bring your family and friends.
Full Time: Cambridge City 2 - 3 Kettering Town
Attendance: 433 (Poppies fans estimated at 175)
Poppies Man of the Match: Rene Howe
Cambridge City: 1 Enol Ordonez 2 Ben Robinson 3 Lewis Freestone 4 Ryan Sharman 5 Jordan Gent 6 Jordan Williams (16 Paul Cooper,68) 7 Salim Relizano 8 Ross Paterson (Captain) 9 Charlie Woolfe (12 Tristan Abrahams,64) 10 Matthew Stevens 11 Buster Harradine
Subs Unused: 14 Harry Norman 15 Jon Kaye 17 Josh Lowe
Kettering Town: 1 Paul White 2 Nathan Hicks (12 Liam Bateman,58) 3 Dom Langdon 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) 5 Paul Malone 6 Gary Mulligan 7 Matthew Barnes-Homer ( 14 Wilson Carvalho,65) 8 Aaron O’Connor 9 Rene Howe 10 Liam Canavan 11 James Brighton ( 15 Jack Kelly,90)
Subs Unused: 16 Jordan Wilson 17 Dean Snedker
Yellow cards: O’Connor,27;Canavan,63.