Match Report - Dunstable Town
Kettering Town FC: 2
Aaron O Connor 24
Aaron O Connor 44
Liam Canavan 32
Dunstable Town: 2
David Longe King 33
Vences Bola 47
Danny Green > David Longe King11
Kettering Town FC: 3
Rene Howe 76
Liam Bateman > Nathan Hicks72
James Hall > Jorrin John73
Liam Canavan > Paul Malone88
Dunstable Town: 2
Danny Talbot 67
Jack Green > Kelvin Bossman75
Danny Talbot > Max Rissy85
IN A NUTSHELL: A brace from Aaron O’Connor and what turned out to be the winner from Rene Howe gained the Poppies three points at a windswept Creasey Park tonight. Dunstable twice pegged back O’Connor’s goals in the first half through David Longe-King and Vences Bola before Howe’s dramatic 77th minute winner.
THE KETTERING SQUAD: Liam Bateman started with Nathan Hicks moving to the substitutes bench and the only other change from last Saturday’s squad was that Jamie McAlindon was unable to make the game.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: The Poppies decided to have the strong wind advantage in a first half which was to have four goals, a lack of quality, and as one supporter commented ‘ a referee spoiling a bad game’! Dom Langdon got in an early block on a Vences Bola shot as it was clear the central striker’s pace was going to be a problem for the visiting defence. Kettering’s Jack Kelly forced a corner and the cross saw a defender’s head send the ball across goal a few yards out and no one got a touch. Liam Canavan fired over the top and then Liam Bateman left the field with a head injury and was off for some minutes as the ten men held off the home side. Lewis Hornby’s 20th minute free kick found the head of Brett Solkhon – but the header was wide. Kettering’s next attack saw them take the lead on 24 minutes. Hall’s good feet on the left saw him cross low and Aaron O’Connor got the touch which forced the ball in. The Poppies persisted in lumping balls forward in the vain hope that the wind would confuse the home defence- but time and time again the ball was overhit. To be fair the wind was strong and difficult for both teams, and the Referee persisted in blowing his whistle at every opportunity. Solkhon’s 32nd minute back pass put keeper Paul White in trouble and his attempted clearance came off of Bola and away for a goal kick. Dunstable equalised in the 38th minute, as a clever ball was played into the penalty area, over the defence, and substitute David Long-King finished well with a low shot past White. Bola got in a shot which White held before Kettering took the lead again. A Corner on the left was cleared to Canavan who found the corner taker,Hornby. His cross was expertly guided inside the far post by O’Connor’s head. As the half drew to a close disaster struck for Kettering and young defender Jack Kelly, who inexplicably played the ball back to Bola, and he evaded a stranded defender to round White and equalise with a very well taken goal. There was no time to kick off and the teams went in level.
Half Time: Dunstable Town 2 - 2 Kettering Town
It could have been assumed that the Blues would come out in the second half and enjoy the wind advantage- but it was Kettering who took control. In the opening period Hornby stood out for Kettering as he had two shots just wide and his cross from the right saw Kelly head wide. The Poppies had two good shouts for fouls for shirt pulling and a further clear handball in the area- but neither the Referee or Assistant could have seen the alleged offences. Rene Howe hooked a shot into the side netting as the game entered the final quarter with Kettering looking the better side at this stage. Canavan’s 68th minute shot was well blocked and Dunstable were finding it hard to get any sort of attack going. The lively Bola was then given masses of space to run at the Kettering defence, and with a great chance he shot wide of the left upright. The Poppies took the lead on 78 minutes. Great work by Aaron O’Connor set substitute Jorrin John in with a chance, which was blocked, and Howe pounced on the rebound to fire home. This signaled an all out assault by Dunstable who threw men forward in search of an equaliser. Brad Hewitt joined the attack and at one stage for two corners there were 17 players inside the Kettering six yard box. The nearest Dunstable came to scoring was again through Bola- but his header on a cross from the right was wide. There was a bit of niggle between the sides as the game closed –but the Referee allowed the players involved to escape any punishment and the Poppies held on for the win.
This Saturday now sees the Poppies in a vital clash with Chesham United at Latimer Park at 3pm.
Full Time: Dunstable Town 2 - 3 Kettering Town
Attendance: 181 (Poppies fans about 75)
Poppies Man of the Match: Lewis Hornby
Team line-ups: Dunstable Town: 1 Jack Smith 2 Zack Reynolds 3 Gedeon Okita 4 Danny Talbot (16 Max Risby,85) 5 Bradley Hewitt 6 Adam Pepera (Captain) 7 Nathan Olukanmi 8 Danny Green ( 12 David Longe-King,12) 9 Vences Bola 10 Shane Bush 11 Jack Green (14 Kelvin Bossman,76)
Subs Unused: 15 Jordan Odofin 17 Kane Pope
Yellow Card: Talbot,68.
Kettering Town: 1 Paul White 2 Liam Bateman (12 Nathan Hicks,73) 3 Dom Langdon 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) 5 Lewis Hornby 6 Gary Mulligan 7 Liam Canavan (15 Paul Malone,90) 8 Aaron O’Connor 9 Rene Howe 10 James Hall (14 Jorrin John,73) 11 Jack Kelly
Sub Unused: 16 Jack O’Connor
Yellow card: Canavan,32.