Match Report - Hitchin Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Aaron O Connor 08
Aaron O Connor 35

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Substitutions

Hitchin Town: 0

Goals

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 4

Goals

Aaron O Connor 47
Aaron O Connor 52

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Rhys Hoenes 73

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Substitutions

Tom Marshall > Ben Milnes56
Aaron O Connor > Matthew Stevens61
Rene Howe > Rhys Hoenes67

Hitchin Town: 1

Goals

Jonny Mcnamara 80

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Dan Webb 92

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Substitutions

Charlie Smith > Daniel Olaniran64
Jack Green > Kevin Byrne75


Match Report

TODAY’S MATCH SPONSOR : ESSITY TODAY’S MASCOTS: WEEKLEY ROVERS WANDERERS UNDER 10’S IN BRIEF: Four goal Aaron O’Connor stunned visitors Hitchin Town today to put the Poppies into the play-offs. Two goals in each half for the club leading scorer assured the win in a man of the match performance. Josh Pickerstaff scored a late consolation for the visitors from the penalty spot. THE KETTERING SQUAD: Squad rotation saw Gary Stohrer,Ben Toseland,Tom Marshall,Lindon Meikle and Wilson Carvalho all start the game.Liam Bateman,Rhys Hoenes,Matthew Stevens and Brett Solkhon reverted to the bench with Kalern Thomas left out of the squad. THE TEAMS: KETTERING TOWN: 1 Paul White 14 Gary Stohrer 3 Ben Toseland 5 Gary Mulligan 6 Orrin Pendley 16 Tom Marshall (10 Ben Milnes,56) 7 Lindon Meikle 8 Aaron O’Connor (15 Matthew Stevens,62) 9 Rene Howe (11 Rhys Hoenes,68) 17 Wilson Carvalho 18 Michael Richens Unused Substitutes: 4 Brett Solkhon 12 Liam Bateman Yellow card: Hoenes,73 HITCHIN TOWN: 1 Michael Johnson 2 Toby Syme 3 Josh Bickerstaff 4 Lewis Rolfe (Captain) 5 Dan Webb 6 Matt Spring 7 Jonny McNamara 8 Charlie Smith (16 Daniel Olaniran,65) 9 Connor Vincent (15 Desejadu Da Silva,68) 10 Robbie Burns 11 Jack Green (14 Kevin Byrne, 76) Unused substitute: 12 Hugo Logan Yellow Card: Webb,90+2 THE GAME: It was a lovely sunny afternoon at Latimer Park and a shame the crowd was not more to watch the Poppies attempting to make sure of a play off place. The pitch was soft in places and had had considerable work done during the morning to get the game on. Kettering kicked off towards the Station Road end and in the first minute Rene Howe blasted a left foot shot wide. There was an unusually quiet spell both on and off the pitch which was broken in the 8th minute by the first goal. Kettering’s Lindon Meikle crossed from the right. The ball reached Aaron O’Connor who fired a low left foot drive past keeper Michael Johnson. Kettering had another chance just 6 minutes later as Rene Howe ran onto a through ball, beat Johnson to the ball and headed goalwards only to see Toby Syme run back to clear away from the line. The game regressed into midfield mediocrity for a long period. Hitchin gained a couple of corners and free kicks which came to nothing. It was not until the 35th minute that the ball got anywhere near any goal and Tom Marshall’s header at a corner was well wide. A couple of minutes later though, O’Connor scored again. Wilson Carvalho’s cross from the right was helped on by Meikle to O’Connor who lashed a left foot shot past Johnson. The half petered out as Syme got a block on Rene Howe as the burly striker tried to force his way through. Half Time: Kettering Town 2 - 0 Hitchin Town Kettering scored with their first attack of the half. Howe was sent clear on the right and his delicately weighted low cross made it easy for O’Connor to poke in and get his hat-trick. The game appeared to be won- even at this early stage in the second period- but O’Connor struck again on 54 minutes to make the points really safe. This time, Michael Richens shot deflected off a defender, allowing O’Connor to pounce on the right and score despite Johnson getting something on the ball. Hitchin’s first noteworthy attempt on goal came after 56 minutes when Jack Green came in from the left but his shot was very wide. The substitutions started as Kettering continued to rotate players and Hitchin gave fringe players some time on the pitch. Ben Milnes,on for Marshall, hit a fierce low drive which Johnson did well to push round the post. On 63 minutes Kettering could have scored again, but Carvalho, sent clear on the right by Meikle, made neither a shot or a cross as the ball drifted wide. Both sides again seemed to settle for a quiet life and another 15 minutes went by without incident. Hitchin did score though on 81 minutes though as Jonny McNamara went down under a challenge from Ben Toseland and Josh Bickerstaff converted the resultant penalty. With other results as they were, Kettering are confirmed in the play-offs and it’s just now in which position to finish. Tuesday sees a long journey to bottom placed Gosport Borough before two vital games- at home to Weymouth on Thursday (7.45pm kick-off) and then away at champions elect Hereford on Saturday. Full Time: Kettering Town 4 - 1 Hitchin Town Attendance: 611 Klondike: Tim Walpole wins £170 with ticket number:25177 Elgoods Brewery Poppies Man of the Match chosen by Match Sponsors Essity: Aaron O’Connor


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 14th Apr 2018
Kettering Town FC
Red/Black
Captain: Gary Mulligan
1 Paul White
2 Gary Stohrer
3 Ben Toseland
4 Tom Marshall
5 Gary Mulligan
6 Orrin Pendley
7 Lindon Meikle
8 Aaron O Connor
9 Rene Howe
10 Michael Richens
11 Wilson Carvalho
12 Liam Bateman
14 Rhys Hoenes
15 Matthew Stevens
16 Brett Solkhon
17 Ben Milnes
Hitchin Town

Captain: Dan Webb
1 Michael Johnson
2 Toby Syme
3 Josh Bickerstaff
4 Lewis Rolfe
5 Dan Webb
6 Matt Spring
7 Jonny Mcnamara
8 Charlie Smith
9 Connor Vincent
10 Robbie Burns
11 Jack Green
12 Hugo Logan
14 Kevin Byrne
15 Desejadu Dasilva
16 Daniel Olaniran