Match Report - Basingstoke Town
Kettering Town FC: 2
Brett Solkhon 26
Brett Solkhon 27
Michael Richens 30
Basingstoke Town: 0
Kettering Town FC: 3
Ben Baker 91
Basingstoke Town: 0
TODAY’S MASCOT: GRACE BODDINGTON
IN A NUTSHELL: The Poppies completed what, in the end, was a comfortable win. Leading 1-0 at half time through a Brett Solkhon header, the next goal did not come until the 77th minute with Rene Howe’s peach, and substitute Ben Baker added a third in the first minute of added time. Basingstoke played good football throughout but lacked any cutting edge and Paul White in the Kettering goal had an easy afternoon.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
There was one change only as Rhys Hoenes came in for Liam Bateman.
Kettering Town: 1 Paul White 2 Durrell Berry 3 James Brighton 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) 5 Gary Mulligan 6 Michael Richens (17 Munashe Sundire,88) 7 Rhys Hoenes 8 Matty Stevens (12 Ben Baker,83) 9 Rene Howe 10 Ben Milnes 11 Lindon Meikle (16 Gary Stohrer,86)
Substitutes unused: 14 Liam Bateman 15 Nathan Hicks
Yellow cards: Milnes,12;Richens,30. Solkhon,63.
Basingstoke Town: 1 Colm McAdden 2 Marcus Johnson-Schuster 3 George Bennett 4 Dan Bayliss 5 Shane Hollamby 6 Dan Collier 7 Michael Atkinson 8 Charlie Kennedy 9 Aaron Jarvis 10 Ben Wright 11 Sam Smart (12 Connor Davis,74)
Subs unused: 13 Aaron Hoult 14 Charlie McCann 15 Julian Goater 16 Will Shaw
Yellow Cards: Johnson-Schuster,44;Atkinson,58.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:
It was a pleasant day at Latimer Park and as one fan uttered just before kick off ‘this wind’ll cause havoc’. To an extent it had an effect on the game as it swirled across and down the pitch towards Station Road, favouring Basingstoke in the first half. Kettering keeper Paul White had to be quick off his line to smother a through ball in just the third minute. Kettering’s response was to see Matty Stevens’ cross from the left headed over his own bar by a defender. It was clear that the visitors had come to play football on the deck and every opportunity to pass and move was evident. In fact Kettering looked strangely subdued for a while and the diminuitive Sam Smart ballooned a shot over the bar and ex Poppy Ben Wright wasted a good chance formed from a short corner as he blazed the shot wide. Ben Milnes was yellow carded after some issue to his apparel, seemingly only evident to the Referee, but not for that problem but, having been ordered back to the changing rooms, he ran straight onto the pitch on his return without the Referee’s permission. Kettering did begin to step up their game a little after 20 minutes and visiting keeper,Colm McAdden, just got to Ben Milnes’ incisive pass before the imposing figure of Rene Howe. In fact the home team took the lead in the 25th minute. James Brighton’s free kick was met by Brett Solkhon and the header was true to beat McAdden and two goal line defenders. McAdden made a good save diving to his right to keep out a Milnes’ low shot and another Brighton free kick saw Michael Richens almost double the lead – but he effort was too high. Dan Collier for Basingstoke, up for a corner, hit a shot high wide and none too handsome. The game quietened again, with the final chances in the half divided. Ben Wright’s lay off for Marcus Johnson-Schuster saw the full back fire well over and for Kettering, Stevens headed over from a great cross by Brighton.
Half Time: Kettering Town 1 - 0 Basingstoke Town
With the benefit of the conditions now, Kettering began the second half well. Brighton’s early cross evaded McAdden but the impressive Dan Bayliss headed away. Then Johnson-Schuster headed over his own bar from Milnes’ free kick. Johnson-Schuster was then just on hand to nick the ball off Rhys Hoenes’ toes as the wide man shaped to go clear and shoot. On 57 minutes Kettering were denied what looked like a clear penalty as Hoenes was pulled back on the penalty spot as he went through only for the Referee to waive away appeals. As Basingstoke swept upfield Michael Atkinson had a penalty appeal of his own turned down as he went over from a ‘challenge’ from behind- only to be rewarded for a yellow card for simulation. Brett Solkhon tried an overhead kick at a corner but the ball looped over. As the game passed the hour mark, McAdden got down very well to save a low drive from Howe and a few minutes later Gary Mulligan headed wide from a corner. It could well have been 2-0 as Lindon Meikle, having another good game, went past two defenders and squared for Stevens to apply the final touch with the keeper stranded. Stevens overran the ball and the chance was gone. With 15 minutes to go Basingstoke were still in with a chance – but seemingly could just not find any way past the Kettering defence. On 77 minutes, Kettering finally doubled their lead. The visiting defence got in a tangle, losing the ball to Rene Howe. He spotted McAdden a little off his line and he clipped a stunning effort over the keeper and under the bar. It was a quality finish. Basingstoke threatened briefly a few minutes later as Shane Hollamby met Wright’s corner and with a clear sight at goal from the far post- he headed across goal and away for a goal kick. Then Wright got his team’s first shot on target in the 84th minute but it was a routine save for White. Ben Baker, on as a substitute in the 83rd minute then did what he’s good at and scored in the first of four minutes added time. He drifted clear on the left to advance and plant a great low right foot strike pat McAdden to complete the scoring.
With no midweek game (unusually), the Poppies next game is at Kings Langley next Saturday, before entertaining St Neots Town at home on Bank Holiday Monday (kick-off 3pm)
Full Time: Kettering Town 3 - 0 Basingstoke Town
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