Match Report - Slough Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Brett Solkhon 26

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Substitutions

Slough Town: 0

Goals

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Substitutions

Nathan Smart > Manny Williams 58


Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Ben Milnes 89

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Substitutions

James Brighton > Rhys Hoenes66
Mathew Stevens > Gary Stohrer82
Ben Milnes > Munashe Sundire92

Slough Town: 1

Goals

James Dobson 90

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Substitutions

Matt Lench > James Dobson66
George Wells > Gavin James78


Match Report

IN A NUTSHELL: The better team in the first half, Kettering went in ahead courtesy of Brett Solkhon’s 28th minute header. Slough came more into the game in the second period but Kettering sealed the win with a Ben Milnes strike in the 89th minute. Slough’s consolation in added time was the goal of the game lashed in by substitute James Dobson. THE KETTERING SQUAD: Without the injured Ollie Thorne, Ben Bradshaw and Jack O’Connor, and with Aaron O’Connor suspended and Dom Langdon on holiday, the team line up saw Rhys Hoenes miss out on his first league start as he took a place amongst the substitutes . Team Line-ups: Slough Town: 1 Jack Turner 2 Nathan Smart (16 Manny Williams,46) 3 George Wells (18 Gavin James,78) 4 Guy Hollis 5 Mark Nisbet (Captain) 6 Nathan Webb 7 Sean Fraser 8 Simon Dunn 9 Matt Lench (15 James Dobson,66) 10 Chris Flood 11 Warren Harris Unused Substitutes: 12 Josh Jackman 14 Lee Togwell Yellow Cards: None Kettering Town: 1 Paul White 2 Durrell Berry 3 James Brighton (14 Rhys Hoenes,66) 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) 5 Gary Mulligan 6 Michael Richens 7 Liam Bateman 8 Matty Stevens (15 Gary Stohrer,83) 9 Rene Howe 10 Ben Milnes (19 Munashe Sundire,90+3) 11 Lindon Meikle Unused Substitutes: 12 Ben Baker 20 Ben Toseland Yellow Card: Richens,87. HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: It was a tentative start by both sides on the 3G surface and the only early threats came from Slough long throws into the 6 yard box, a corner, and more long throws- all successfully dealt with. The Poppies got going and Liam Bateman’s shot was poor- although he was fouled in the process, and the free kick from James Brighton was an easy save for Jack Turner. Another Brighton free kick was over the bar and a Kettering throw into the penalty area caused problems for the home defence, but Turner pounced on the loose ball to quell the danger. A 28th minute foul on Bateman gave Brighton another free kick. This time he floated the ball in and Brett Solkhon’s back header was well placed to beat Turner and put the visitors one up. The next minute provided an excellent chance to double the lead. The lively Matty Stevens broke away on the right. His low cross beat the defence and also Rene Howe at the far post who could just not get to the ball. It was a great chance. Paul White was in the game on 31 minutes as he took a deflected cross from Matt Lench, and shortly after yet another long throw into White’s 6 yard box was well defended. Bateman’s 37th minute shot was saved by Turner and Howe had a shot blocked as he took a Brighton cross. The Poppies finished the half well. Howe’s header from Ben Milnes’ cross drew an excellent save from Turner and Bateman’s final low cross was just too far in front of Stevens to be converted. Half Time: Slough Town 0 - 1 Kettering Town Slough made an immediate substitution bringing on Manny Williams to support Chris Flood and Lench up top. They forced a cheap corner as Kettering were immediately on the defensive – but the defence cleared well. The long throw policy continued and on 48 minutes Guy Hollis’ throw was headed wide by Lench. Kettering responded and Stevens came in from the left only to fire wide of the left post. Slough had a very good chance to equalise on 54 minutes. White came off his line and was beaten to the ball by Manny Williams. The player was forced wide though and squared to ball for Lench to score- but he miscued badly over the bar. The Rebels then broke quickly out of defence and forced a corner and again the defending was solid. Chris Flood’s 58th minute header was well wide. As the hour approached, Slough looked much more in the game albeit that Ben Milnes left foot drive forced a decent save by Turner. George Wells got forward from left back but the shot was wild and over the top. Kettering keeper White was a little busier and made a good take from a free kick and also saved well from Nathan Webb. As the ball ran loose, the cross from the right drifted away on the left. Kettering were still looking decent on the break though with Rhys Hoenes now in the fray and on 73 minutes a Milnes free kick saw Howe at the far post and as the ball ran loose,Michael Richens’ toe poke just needed a touch from Howe but the chance went begging. Richens saw his 76th minute shot well saved by the diving Turner. In the next minute an incisive break by the excellent Meikle saw Stevens just unable to control the pass to take him clear of the defence. Milnes’ 80th minute free kick came off a defender and with Howe looking to force the ball home,Turner smothered the ball to snuff out the danger. Howe headed Milnes’ 81st minute corner well wide, and for Slough,James Dobson’s low shot was well saved by White to keep Kettering in front. In the 89th minute Kettering scored. A flick on by Rhys Hoenes saw the ball worked to Milnes.The ball ran for the Kettering midfielder in the tackle and he ran on to fire past Turner. Slough scored a consolation in the second of six minutes added time as Dobson hit an unstoppable shot from 20 yards into the top right hand corner. The Poppies dealt with any final threats to chalk up a good win against one of last season’s play-off teams. Full Time: Slough Town 1 - 2 Kettering Town Attendance: 770 (Poppies fans estimated at 175) Poppies Man of the Match: (A hard choice as everyone played well) - Ben Milnes


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Slough)
Kick Off: 12th Aug 2017
Kettering Town FC
Blue/White
Captain: Brett Solkhon
1 Paul White
2 Durrell Berry
3 James Brighton
4 Brett Solkhon
5 Gary Mulligan
6 Michael Richens
7 Liam Bateman
8 Mathew Stevens
9 Rene Howe
10 Ben Milnes
11 Lindon Meikle
12 Ben Baker
14 Rhys Hoenes
15 Gary Stohrer
19 Munashe Sundire
20 Ben Toseland
Slough Town
Gold/Black
Captain: Mark Nisbet
1 Jack Turner
2 Nathan Smart
3 George Wells
4 Guy Hollis
5 Mark Nisbet
6 Nathan Webb
7 Seab Fraser
8 Simon Dunn
9 Matt Lench
10 Chris Flood
11 Warren Harris
12 Josh Jackman
14 Lee Togwell
15 James Dobson
16 Manny Williams
18 Gavin James