Match Report - Chesham United
Kettering Town FC: 0
Chesham United: 2
Phil Roberts 14
Sam Youngs 15
Mat Mitchel-King > David Hutton42
Kettering Town FC: 1
Rene Howe 63
Paul White 94
Chesham United: 2
Ashlee Jones 65
Match Sponsors : SCA HYGIENE UK LIMITED
IN A NUTSHELL:
Chesham completed the double over the Poppies today with a 2-1 win at Latimer Park. Two first half goals in the space of three minutes early in the game from Phil Roberts and Sam Youngs set the scene and despite a Rene Howe goal in the 66th minute Kettering could not get back on terms. Kettering keeper Paul White was red carded in the 5th minute of added time at the end of the game.
THE KETTERING SQUAD: Fit again James Brighton replaced Jack Kelly who reverted to the bench.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: The pitch was remarkably good given recent rains- but the wind was strong, favouring the home side in the first period as Kettering attacked the Morrisons end. Both teams took a while to settle in the blustery conditions and, early on, Chesham’s Ryan Blake put a cross high and wide. Kettering won a corner on 6 minutes and James Brighton’s cross was met by the head of Rene Howe, but the header looped to visiting keeper,Ashlee Jones. James Hall fired wide before the first good chance of the match fell to Chesham’s Phil Roberts. A slip by Brett Solkhon let in the striker – but Paul White made a good save. James Brighton’s mazy run saw him miscue a right foot shot well wide and on 9 minutes Lewis Hornby got in a great low cross from the right but there was no one in a red and black shirt to apply the finishing touch. The Poppies were stunned on 12 minutes as Chesham took the lead. A low corner from the left was met by Roberts, whose shot deflected off keeper White and into the net. Worse was to follow just a couple of minutes later. A break on the right found Roberts free to put a low cross in for the unmarked Sam Youngs to deflect past White. The shock of this was apparent to see and just two minutes later it should have been 3-0. Solkhon lost out to Blake, who was clear on goal and as White came out the wide man chipped his shot badly wide. It was a let off. A Chesham free kick saw Gary Mulligan get a saving header at the expense of a corner and White made a save from Youngs. It had been an awful first 20minutes or so for the Poppies. Finally Kettering got a few passes together and Hall set up Aaron O’Connor but the shot was wide. Liam Canavan saw his shot blocked by Darren Purse and then Jones saved his 26th minute shot. Canavan was in action in his own area on 30 minutes. Blake came in from the right and as he appeared to slip he was caught by the Kettering player. Toby Little stepped up to take the resultant penalty which White saved well with his legs. Another let off for the Poppies meant that they were still in the game albeit not playing well. Hall tried to force his way through on 33 minutes but two defenders stopped the danger. Brighton was over in the penalty area on 39 minutes and was fortunate not to be carded for simulation. Finally in the half, Brighton was fouled just outside the area and O’Connor’s free kick came off of the defensive wall.
Half Time: Kettering Town 0 - 2 Chesham United
Kettering replaced Hornby and Canavan at the start of the half, with Mulligan going into midfield and Nathan Hicks and Jack Kelly coming in at left back with Dom Langdon moving to central defence. Hicks made an early impression with a low 30 yard shot wide of the target and then a quick Kettering free kick saw Rene Howe’s cross cleared. Kettering’s best effort of the game to date came on 53 minutes as O’Connor’s turn and left foot shot saw Jones save with his legs at the expense of a corner. This led to another Kettering chance as the corner was headed past Jones by Mulligan and Toby Little cleared off the line. Kettering looked more comfortable in this half playing against the wind and, although it was clear that Chesham were looking to close out the game, with men behind the ball, the Poppies looked capable. Brighton’s 63rd minute shot may have come off an arm but a penalty would have been harsh. The arrears were reduced on 66 minutes. Howe pounced on a loose ball in the area and lashed the ball in past keeper Jones- who was then yellow carded for some afters- as the Poppies looked to get the ball back to the halfway line. Kettering were looking for another goal but Chesham were resolute in defence and always looking for the counter attack. Another ten minutes passed with Kettering unable to test Jones. In fact the Generals had a half chance as veteran, Barry Hayles, fired over when off balance. The Poppies next corner on 78 minutes saw Howe shoot wide. That was almost it for Kettering as Chesham did close the game out well. As Kettering piled forward there were gaps at the back and Roberts should have scored as he beat two men and blasted the ball over when he could have virtually have passed it in. Kettering’s Liam Bateman did get in a decent effort in added time, but his right foot shot drifted wide. In the 5th minute of added time, Kettering keeper, White was red carded for a reckless challenge on Blake as he raced out of goal.
The Poppies now have two away games at Weymouth next Saturday, and at Leamington the following Tuesday, before entertaining St Ives Town on Saturday 11th March.
Full Time: Kettering Town 1 - 2 Chesham United
Klondike winner: Keith Wilson wins £125 on winning ticket 14566
Poppies Elgoods Man of the Match chosen by SCA Hygiene: Jack Kelly
Team line-ups: Kettering Town: 1 Paul White 2 Liam Bateman 3 Dom Langdon 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) 5 Lewis Hornby (12 Nathan Hicks,46) 6 Gary Mulligan 7 Liam Canavan (15 Jack Kelly, 46) 8 Aaron O’Connor 9 Rene Howe 10 James Hall (14 Jorrin John,77) 11 James Brighton
Subs Unused: 16 Paul Malone 18 Jack O’Connor
Red Card: White 90+5
Chesham United: 1 Ashlee Jones 2 Benji Crilley 3 Toby Little 4 Mat Mitchel-King (15 Stephan Hamilton-Forbes,41) 5 Darren Purse (Captain) 6 Adam Martin 7 Matt Taylor 8 Sam Youngs 9 Barry Hayles (14 Andrew McCorkell 78) 10 Phil Roberts 11 Ryan Blake (12 Dave Pearce,90+7)
Subs unused: 15 David Hutton 17 Curtis Ujah
Yellow Cards:Blake,64; Jones,66;