Match Report - Rothwell Corinthians
In truth there was little to separate the two sides in the first-half and notable goal scoring opportunities were at a premium.
Indeed, the crowd of 47 had to wait until the 23rd minute to witness Corinth's first goal scoring opportunity of the night, which saw Jack McCarthy drive a shot wide of the post. At the other end, Kettering’s Dominic Langdon was behind all three of The Poppies chances as the half drew to a close with Martyn Thorpe saving his close-range header ten minutes before the break and was then denied for a second time on 44 minutes by the Corinth's shot-stopper once more.
The last action of the half belonged to the hosts as Jordan Henson benefited from an Aaron Watts cross before cutting into the area and forcing Jamie McAlindon into producing a low save, the chance coming literally on the stroke of half-time.
The second-half proved to be in stark contrast to the first as far as goal mouth action was concerned and just five minutes after the re-start Corinth's were awarded a penalty after Jordan Henson was brought down in the area. Henson himself took the resulting spot-kick and he made no mistake as he slotted through a gap between the left-hand post and the diving McAlindon who guessed right.
Henson’s opener proved to be a game-changer as Kettering, who matched Corinth's throughout the first-half, suddenly found themselves becoming second-best as the home side took a firmer grip on proceedings and went on to dominate for the majority of the game’s remainder.
Six minutes later, Ryan Goodband came close to giving the home side a 2-0 advantage when he withheld considerable pressure in the area to unleash a shot from just inside which the visiting keeper initially parried but then quickly regained possession.
Corinth's doubled their advantage on 66 minutes when Joe Wright scored with an angled shot inside the area which eluded the visiting keeper who found himself in a one-on-one with the one time Rothwell Town Youth player.
Against the run of play, Kettering pulled a goal back seven minutes from time with a crisp finish from Adam Moussi which nestled into the left-hand corner of Martyn Thorpe's goal.
The Poppies first, and as it later proved, the only goal of the evening proved to be nothing more than a brief lapse in concentration for The Corinthians as they quickly began carrying out opportunities in front of the target at the other end as the game moved into the final ten minutes.
After Jordan Henson was denied twice in quick succession, his first effort being saved by the keeper and his second, an angled shot, being cleared off the line by a visiting defender, Corinth's eventually restored their two goal cushion six minutes from time with a well struck shot which found its way into the top corner.
Match Report courtesy of Rothwell Corinthians