Match Report - AFC Rushden & Diamonds
Kettering Town FC: 1
Aaron O Connor 20
AFC Rushden and Diamonds: 0
Kettering Town FC: 3
Jordan Wilson 56
Liam Canavan 56
James Haran > Ethan Lee61
Jordan Wilson > Henry Limpitishi70
AFC Rushden and Diamonds: 2
Sam Brown 66
Chris Wreh 72
Kyal McNully > Tom Lorraine53
John Stevenson > Chris Wreh63
James Harvey > Jordan Holmes70
IN A NUTSHELL:
Leading 1-0 at half time through Aaron O’Connor’s strike, Kettering were 3-0 up after 58 minutes with further goals from Jordan Wilson and Liam Canavan. The visitors quickly pulled two goals back from Sam Brown and Chris Wreh and there was no further scoring. In truth this was a low key affair with both teams resting players.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
Only two of last Saturday’s line up at Rushall started – James Haran and Dom Langdon. Proud Kettering fan and ex Poppies Radio commentator, Jamie Dean, made his first competitive start in goal for the first team. Paul Malone made his debut and Bleu McNeil, Anthony Howell, Lewis Hornby, Jordan Wilson, Kaid Mohammed and Aaron O’Connor all started with Ethan Lee and Henry Limpitishi among the substitutes.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:
A small but noisy crowd assembled for this minor fixture on a pleasant evening.
The Poppies started positively with Aaron O’Connor just beaten to a through ball by visiting keeper, Matt Finlay and Bleu McNeil’s long throw into the 6 yard box was headed wide by Liam Canavan. An incisive move then saw Kaid Mohammed set up Canavan and the low left foot shot was blocked.
Jamie Dean took a free kick well early on as he looked comfortable and confident.
Kettering nearly took the lead after 15 minutes when Jordan Wilson’s left foot drive hit the right post. A couple of minutes later the visitors had a clear chance but ex Poppies youth teamer Taylor Orosz dragged his shot wide of the right post.
Dean palmed away a corner from under the bar and at the other end Wilson’s shot was saved at the expense of a corner.
Dean was in action again on 34 minutes as he saved from Orosz. In the next minute Orosz fired across goal from the right and the effort was just wide of the left upright.
Kettering’s first goal came from Aaron O’Connor on 38 minutes as he simply turned well to fire a left foot shot low past Finlay.
Kettering finished well as Wilson had a shot deflected over the bar and from the corner, James Haran’s header was cleared off the line.
Half Time: Kettering Town 1 - 0 AFC Rushden and Diamonds
Kettering started where they finished the first period as the impressive Lewis Hornby rattled the left upright with a drive.
Rushden replied and after winning a corner,Nic Evangelinos dragged his shot wide.
Kettering doubled their lead after 55 minutes. Again a decent build up and good turn by Wilson and his low left foot drive beat Finlay.
Two minutes later it was 3-0. Liam Canavan pounced on a loose ball and drilled the shot past Finlay.
The keeper then had to be quick off his line to tackle and thwart O’Connor.
We were now into the substitution period of the game as five substitutions were made between the two teams.
Bleu McNeil saw a shot saved and Wilson headed over the bar from a corner. At this stage the Poppies seemed to think the game was already won- but they were pegged back by two goals in 5 minutes between the 67th and 72nd minutes.
A corner from the left saw Sam Brown head in at the far post without a challenge and then Chris Wreh scored a second as the ball ping-ponged across the area to find the substitute poke in on the goal line.
The visitors tried to get the equaliser, having a few corners and free kicks to put pressure on the home defence – but it was probably Kettering who had the better late chances.
Hornby’s cross from the right reared up at Finlay who pushed the ball over the bar and substitute Henry Limpitishi fired wide in added time.
Dean’s handling was good as in the final probe by Rushden,the keeper held a deflected shot.
Kettering Town 3 - 2 AFC Rushden and Diamonds
Poppies Man of the Match: Aaron O’Connor
Klondike (£55) Number 9069. Winner: Jonathan Blinch (The winning ticket from the Banbury game was claimed tonight by Mark Maddox)
1 Jamie Dean
2 Bleu McNeil
3 Dom Langdon (Captain)
4 Anthony Howell
5 James Haran (15 Ethan Lee,61)
6 Paul Malone
7 Jordan Wilson (16 Henry Limpitishi,70)
8 Lewis Hornby
9 Aaron O’Connor
10 Liam Canavan
11 Kaid Mohammed
12 Ben Baker
14 James Brighton
17 Paul White
Yellow cards: None
AFC Rushden and Diamonds
1 Matt Finlay
2 Aidan Bradshaw
3 Sam Brown
4 Rory Winters
5 Brad Harris
6 Richard Bunting (Captain)
7 James Harvey (12 Jordan Holmes,70)
8 Kyle McNulty (15 Tom Lorraine,53)
9 Taylor Orosz
10 Jon Stevenson (16 Chris Wreh,63)
11 Nic Evangelinos
13 Joe Haynes
14 Robbie Parsons