Match Report - Northampton Town

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Kettering Town FC: 1

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Aaron O Connor 00

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Northampton Town: 1

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Northampton 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

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Northampton Town: 1

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Match Report

Match Sponsor: BRYAN LEWIN M.B.E IN A NUTSHELL: The Cobblers dominated the first half taking a deserved 19th minute lead and how they didn’t add to their tally in the half - only they will know. The Poppies came back with a spirited second half performance and pulled a shock goal back after 57 minutes through Michael Richens. Both teams then had decent chances in the remaining minutes but the game went to penalties. The shoot out was won by Kettering 5-3 to take ownership of the Maunsell Cup. THE KETTERING SQUAD: The changes to the team at Brackley saw Michael Richens, back from holiday, come onto the bench and Nathan Hicks replaced Munashe Sandire in midfield. HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: A lovely day was soon replaced by incessant rain as the game kicked off at the Dog and Duck ground in Wellingborough. The Cobblers forced three early corners with Leon Barnett heading over from the third one, when well placed. The Poppies did force a corner on 12 minutes and Ben Milnes’ shot was blocked as he picked up the clearance. The gulf in class of five levels of football was showing, with Northampton having all the possession and carving all sorts of openings in the half. Gary Mulligan got in a vital 14th minute head on George Smith’s cross from the left and within a minute, Marc Richards headed marginally wide from another Smith cross. Kettering were having a job coping with Smith’s runs down the left and Aaron Phillips on the right, and another Smith cross was met by Dean Bowditch but the shot was disappointing. In their second attack on 18 minutes Kettering had the ball in the net, but Aaron O’Connor’s effort was ruled out for a challenge on keeper, David Cornell, by Nathan Hicks. In the next minute Northampton took the lead. Another neat move on the left, set up Bowditch for an easy finish past Paul White. The Cobblers came close a few minutes later as a shot flashed past the left upright and, on 28 minutes, Bowditch missed a sitter when clear on goal with only White to beat he dragged his shot well wide. Kettering defensive bodies were flung in the way of shots with Dom Langdon, Gary Mulligan, Liam Bateman and James Brighton in determined mood. Sam Foley then fired equally wide and White was called on to make saves from Aaron Phillips and then Leon Barnett’s header. White then made a great save from Billy Waters – diving to his right. Phillips then crossed from the right and the ball drifted goalwards, running along the bar before coming back into play. As the half came to a close, Kettering’s Rhys Hoenes had a couple of right foot efforts which were high and wide and Yaser Kasim fired just over the bar. Half Time: Kettering Town 0 - 1 Northampton Town The second half kicked off in ever increasing rain and Kettering brought on Michael Richens for Nathan Hicks. Richens settled in quickly and Kettering looked a different proposition as they began to keep more possession. Paul White was called on though to make a save from an early free kick. As the heavens really opened, the Cobblers play was less cohesive and the Kettering players began to find some space at last. The Poppies equalised on 57 minutes. Richens picked the ball up in space centrally in the Northampton half just outside the centre circle. Only he will know whether it was a shot or an attempted through ball, but it looked a perfect shot into goal over Cornell who was stranded on the penalty spot. Within a minute Kettering could have taken the lead. Milnes intelligent ball set up Rene Howe and, stretching, he put his shot over Cornell- but just over the bar from 16 yards. Northampton brought on David Buchanan on the left and Brendan Moloney on the right in an effort to win the game and Moloney in particular immediately caused havoc on the Kettering left with his incisive runs. He fired just wide in the 70th minute. A slippery ball saw White spill it a couple of times – but he recovered well. Then the ball skidded away as he came out on the left allowing Moloney to set up Bowditch, who fired over the bar when it was probably easier to score. The final exchanges saw Moloney fire against the outside of the post and for Kettering, substitute Ben Baker set O’Connor off on the right, but the shot was blocked. Full Time: Kettering Town 1 - 1 Northampton Town Penalties: Kettering Town (5) : Northampton Town (3) Aaron O’Connor – scored Daniel Powell - scored Ben Milnes- scored Marc Richards - scored Liam Bateman- scored Yaser Kasim – scored Michael Richens- scored Dean Bowditch- saved by Paul White Brett Soklhon- scored Attendance: 776 Klondike winner: Liam Warren from Corby wins £70 on winning ticket number 15965 Poppies Elgoods Man of the Match chosen by Bryan Lewin : Paul White Team line-ups: Kettering Town: 1 Paul White 2 Liam Bateman 3 James Brighton 5 Gary Mulligan (Captain) 15 Dom Langdon (4 Brett Solkhon,78) 7 Lindon Meikle 8 Aaron O’Connor 9 Rene Howe (25 Gary Stohrer,67) 10 Ben Milnes 11 Rhys Hoenes (20 Ben Baker,83) 24 Nathan Hicks (12 Michael Richens,46) Subs Unused: 6 Munashe Sundire 19 George Boeland 21 Joe Meakin Yellow cards: None 1 David Cornell 4 Yaser Kasim 5 Leon Barnett 6 Ashton Taylor 7 Billy Waters (11 Daniel Powell,74) 8 Sam Foley (31 Matthew Taylor,81) 9 Marc Richards 15 Dean Bowditch 18 Aaron Phillips (2 Brendan Moloney,64) 20 George Smith (3 David Buchanan,64) 26 Regan Poole Subs unused: 12 Leon Lobjoit 25 James Gough Yellow Cards: None


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 22nd Jul 2017
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