Match Report - Biggleswade Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Liam Canavan 10
Rene Howe 41

Yellow Cards

Liam Bateman 29

Red Cards

Substitutions

Jack Kelly > Lewis Hornby37

Biggleswade Town: 0

Goals

Yellow Cards

Russell Short 19

Red Cards

Substitutions


Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 3

Goals

Aaron O Connor 64

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions

Mathew Barnes-Homer > Aaron O Connor51
Nathan Hicks > Wilson Carvalho68

Biggleswade Town: 1

Goals

Robbie Parker 94

Yellow Cards

Rhys Hoenes 57
Gavin Hoytle 77

Red Cards

Substitutions

Nicholas Bignall > Conrad Lucan67
Gavin Hoytle > Micheal Richards79


Match Report

TODAY’S PROGRAMME SPONSOR: BRYAN LEWIN IN A NUTSHELL: The Poppies gained a comfortable win today against the in-form Waders. They were 2-0 up at half time with quality finishes from Liam Canavan (10th minute) and Rene Howe (42nd minute). They then increased their lead to 3-0 in the 65th minute through substitute, Aaron O’Connor. Robbie Parker netted a consolation with the final kick of the game. THE KETTERING SQUAD: James Haran was completing his two match ban. Brett Solkhon was out- having been ill all week and Paul Malone was still not fit. Ben Baker has joined Rugby Town on month’s loan with Jordan Wilson on the cusp of leaving on a contract to a Swedish club. So Liam Canavan started with Aaron O’Connor back on the bench, as was Jamie McAlindon after knee trouble. HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: The pitch was good after this week’s rain and it was a pleasant sunny day at Latimer Park. Waders’ Connor Hall sent a speculative effort wide as the visitors started on the front foot,but it was Kettering who could have taken the lead. On 5 minutes, James Hall broke and worked the ball into the six yard box where Matthew Barnes-Homer looked like he had an easy finish- but the ball got stuck under his feet and was cleared. Rhys Hoenes looked the threat he always is for Biggleswade and his 7th minute cross was well taken by Paul White in the home goal. Nicholas Bignall then got on the end of a Hoenes cross- but the header was over. Kettering scored out of nowhere in the 10th minute. As a clearance dropped towards Liam Canavan, just inside the area on the right, his fierce volley beat Ian Brown all ends up. It was a brilliant strike. Biggleswade came straight back and Connor Vincent headed over from a 12th minute corner. Vincent’s next try, a shot, saw White make the save. The game began to fragment, interrupted by a number of free kicks given by the fussy Referee – some of which did not merit the game being stopped. Vincent got on the end of another Hoenes corner and again missed the target with his header. There were now a succession of Biggleswade free kicks for the Poppies to defend- which they did comfortably. Hoenes probably provided the major threat and his 33rd minute free kick caused danger but drifted out for a goal kick. In the next minute Hoenes put yet another free kick over the bar. Kettering eventually got a free kick in the 37th minute but James Brighton’s delivery was unusually poor. A dazed Jack Kelly had to be substituted by Lewis Hornby and Brighton fell back into defence. Connor Hall scooped a couple of left foot efforts over and wide before Kettering doubled the lead in the 42nd minute. Brighton’s cross from the left glanced a defender’s head and as the ball fell at the back post, Rene Howe drilled his volley across Brown and in at the far post for another quality finish. The teams went in as the Referee felt the wrath of both team’s fans for spoiling the football spectacle including four yellow cards in a half (two to each side) which saw few deliberate fouls. Half Time: Kettering Town 2 - 0 Biggleswade Town An early corner won by Matthew Barnes-Homer saw the cross spilled by Brown but then cleared. Kettering were looking to consolidate- which led to a period of midfield mediocrity although Canavan did try a 35 yard free kick which Brown collected. Then Brown had to tip over as Russell Short’s header nearly found his own net. Liam Bateman came to Kettering’s rescue as he blocked a Hoenes shot after the forward had forced his way through on goal. Aaron O’Connor came on for Barnes-Homer and scored a third goal for Kettering in the 65th minute. Again Canavan fired in a rocket which hit the bar, came off Brown, and O’Connor was alert to react first and place the ball past the diving Brown. The Poppies had another chance just a couple of minutes later as Brighton’s cross was met by Hall – but the effort cleared the bar. Canavan’s 72nd minute shot from distance was over the bar. Then a Waders effort was deflected by a defender and went the wrong side of the post for a corner, with White scrambling across goal, having been wrong footed. Kettering were content to play the game out and were down to 10 men when Bateman limped off with a few minutes left. Hoenes had a great chance to score in the 89th minute and having done everything right he blazed wide, off balance, from a few yards out. Substitute Conrad Lucan saw a low shot taken by White. Biggleswade scored with the last kick of the match in the 5th minute of added time as Robbie Parker’s stabbed shot went just inside the right post. Before Kettering’s tough match at leaders Chippenham next week they are at home to Brackley Town in the Hillier Cup on Tuesday at 7.45pm. Full Time: Kettering Town 3 - 1 Biggleswade Town Attendance: 511 Poppies Elgoods Man of the Match chosen by Sponsor, Bryan Lewin: Liam Canavan Klondike result: No: 13655 Winner Mick Barwell receives £145 Team line-ups: Kettering Town: 1 Paul White 2 Liam Bateman 3 Dom Langdon 4 Liam Canavan 5 Jack Kelly (16 Lewis Hornby,37) 6 Gary Mulligan 7 Nathan Hicks (12 Wilson Carvalho,69) 8 James Hall 9 Rene Howe 10 Matthew Barnes-Homer (14 Aaron O’Connor,57) 11 James Brighton Subs Unused: 15 Jack O’Connor 17 Jamie McAlindon Yellow cards:Bateman,29;Hicks,34 Biggleswade Town: 1 Ian Brown 2 Nathan Karl 3 Lucas Parry 4 Robbie Parker 5 Russell Short 6 Gavin Hoyte (12 Evan Key,79) 7 Craig Daniel (Captain) 8 Connor Hall 9 Nicholas Bignall (17 Conrad Lucan,67) 10 Rhys Hoenes 11 Connor Vincent (16 Michael Richards,80) Subs Unused: 14 Callum Lewis 15 Jeff Woodward Yellow Cards: Short,19;Hall,44;Hoenes,58;Hoyte,77


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 04th Feb 2017
Kettering Town FC

Captain: Gary Mulligan
1 Paul White
2 Liam Bateman
3 Dominic Langdon
4 Liam Canavan
5 Jack Kelly
6 Gary Mulligan
7 Nathan Hicks
8 James Hall
9 Rene Howe
10 Mathew Barnes-Homer
11 James Brighton
12 Wilson Carvalho
14 Aaron O Connor
15 Jack O'Connor
16 Lewis Hornby
17 Jamie McAlindon
Biggleswade Town

Captain:
1 Ian Brown
2 Nathan Kark
3 Lucas Parry
4 Robbie Parker
5 Russell Short
6 Gavin Hoytle
7 Craig Davie
8 Connor Hall
9 Nicholas Bignall
10 Rhys Hoenes
11 Connor Vincent
12 Evan Key
13 Conrad Lucan
14 Callum Lewis
15 Jeff Woodward
16 Micheal Richards