Match Report - St Neots Town
Kettering Town FC: 3
Ben Milnes 16
Rhys Hoenes 22
Rene Howe 36
Durrell Berry > Liam Bateman08
St Neots Town: 0
Kyron Wiltshire > Dylan Williams10
Kettering Town FC: 3
St Neots Town: 0
MATCH SPONSORS: BRYAN,NEV AND ROGER
PROGRAMME SPONSOR: PAT JUX
IN A NUTSHELL: The Poppies cruised into a 3-0 half time lead with goals from Ben Milnes,a Rhys Hoenes penalty and Rene Howe. The second half was played out with St Neots not looking likely to score and with Kettering creating the better chances but failing to add to their tally.
THE KETTERING SQUAD: There were no changes at all from Saturday’s line up at Kings Langley
TEAM LINE-UPS: Kettering Town: 1 Paul White 2 Durrell Berry (14 Liam Bateman,46) 3 James Brighton 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) 5 Gary Mulligan 6 Michael Richens 7 Rhys Hoenes (20 Munashe Sundire,79) 8 Aaron O’Connor 9 Rene Howe 10 Ben Milnes (12 Ben Baker,79) 11 Lindon Meikle
Unused Substitutes: 15 Matthew Stevens 19 Gary Stohrer
Yellow card: Brighton,88.
St Neots Town: 1 Mike Emery 2 Jack Bradshaw 3 Johnny Herd 4 Luke Knight (Captain) 5 Liam McDevitt 6 Taylor Parr 7 Dion Sembie-Ferris 8 Kyron Wiltshire (14 Dylan Williams,46) 9 Danny Watson (16 Matt Foy, 58) 10 Scott Sinclair 11 Lee Clarke (12 Tom Wood,74)
Unused Substitutes: 15 Ryan Horne 17 Michael Hyem
Yellow Card: Bradshaw,89.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: It was arguably the best weather day of the year as the Bank Holiday crowd basked in the sunshine at Latimer Park. Unbeaten Kettering were unchanged and St Neots’ three injured players from Saturday were all in the squad. Kettering began well and Lindon Meikle fired just wide as a free kick came off the defensive wall to him. James Brighton shot over the bar and for the Saints, Scott Sinclair’s 6th minute shot was straight at Paul White in the home goal. Meikle then made an incisive run down the right but his cross was deflected to keeper Mike Emery. Danny Watson had a half chance for Saints but shot straight at White. On 16 minutes Kettering scored their first goal. Again a run down the right saw Meikle feed Rhys Hoenes and his cross was met by Ben Milnes, who beat his marker to the ball, and headed firmly down past a startled Emery. There was barely time for the large,predominantly home, crowd to celebrate as Kettering were awarded a penalty a couple of minutes later. Running across the penalty area and slightly away from goal, Hoenes was brought down rashly by Jack Bradshaw. Hoenes got up to plant the ball past Emery to double the lead. Saints did force a corner on their right on 27 minutes and the Kettering defence cleared. A sensible drinks break gave the players some respite as the sun blazed down on the ground, and it was Kettering who scored again on 33 minutes. Milnes’ free kick was precise and Rene Howe’s run was perfect as he met the ball at the far post to nod past Emery. Howe had another great chance before the break as another Milnes’ cross to the far post saw a good heading chance- but the effort was over the bar.
Half Time: Kettering Town 3 - 0 St Neots Town
The Poppies posed the first threat on 50 minutes as the hard working Aaron O’Connor slid the ball across goal and as a defender missed the ball Brett Solkhon failed to control with the goal at his mercy. Solkhon then headed over from a Brighton corner. St Neots had a 10 minute spell around the hour mark and Rene Howe was called on in defence to head away a deep free kick. Paul White took a handful of crosses well over the period, as the visitors struggled to make telling crosses. Kettering gradually found their rhythm again and Hoenes cut inside from the left only to see his shot blocked by a defender. Hoenes then took a Brighton cross to turn and shoot – but Emery saved. On 73 minutes Kettering looked certain to score again. Milnes’ free kick was headed towards goal by O’Connor. Emery made the save and as the ball dropped loose no Kettering player could get the final touch to knock the ball over the line. Three minutes later, Meikle made space on the right and delivered a lovely low cross along the six yard line to Howe. Visiting keeper, Emery, got the slightest of touches to take the ball away from Howe to prevent the goal. Kettering then had two headers cleared off the line within seconds of each other. O’Connor’s header beat Emery and Taylor Parr headed clear and then Luke Knight headed Solkhon’s effort away from the line after a great knock on by Howe. Emery saved with his legs as O’Connor got clear and shot and substitute Ben Baker fired just wide of the right post.
That’s five league wins on the trot and fifteen points in the bag.
Next Sunday (note the day) we enter the Emirates F A Cup at Romulus F C - 2pm kick off.
Full Time: Kettering Town 3 - 0 St Neots Town
Klondike: Eunice Eaves wins £150 with ticket number 17360
Elgoods Brewery Poppies Man of the Match: Michael Richens