Match Report - Redditch United
Kettering Town FC: 0
Richard Bryan 16
Jamie McAlindon 26
James Brighton > Steve Kinniburgh45
Redditch United: 0
Jamey Osburne 42
Kettering Town FC: 0
Dominic Langdon 69
Steve Kinniburgh 79
Gary Mulligan 81
Richard Danquan > Andy Gooding56
Will Grocott > Justin Marsden64
Redditch United: 0
Troy Baker 46
Troy Baker > Jordan Archer61
Luke Shearer > Jamie Molyneaux73
Liam Spink > Robbie Bunn73
It ended honours even at Latimer Park as we battled out a goalless draw against Redditch United on Tuesday night. The Red's missed last season’s play-off by a whisker and were always going to be a tough home opener. So it proved, albeit that The Poppies earned a creditable point in an entertaining 0-0 draw.
Both teams had good spells in the game but neither found that winning goal on the night.
Marcus Law named four changes from the game at Poole with Dominic Langdon returning from suspension to replace Steve Kinniburgh. Will Grocott started in place of Andy Gooding as Saul Williams replaced Dan Mullarkey and Jevani Brown came in for the injured Dubi Ogbonna.
Redditch were without their suspended striker Daniel Dubidat.
The Poppies forced two early corners in a bright opening period, but it was Redditch who had the better chances. Firstly, Troy Baker fired over and then Luke Shearer rattled the crossbar with a left foot drive after he found himself in oceans of space.
Kettering’s best chance in the opening quarter of an hour fell to Jevani Brown, who wriggled clear but his left foot shot was palmed away by visiting keeper, Stuart Parsons. From James Brighton’s resulting corner the ball came back to him and the full back was bundled over in the penalty area with the referee waiving away appeals for a penalty. The ball was played back in and Elliot Sandy uncharacteristically miscued at the back post. Brighton played on in pain – but could not make the second half as he went to hospital for X-rays on his shoulder.
The host's continued to press and Williams may have done better as he met a through ball but he glanced a header wide.
Halfway into the first period, The Poppies had a great chance as Brown raced onto a through ball which took a touch off the keeper. The ball fell nicely for Williams but he dragged his low shot wide.
Jamie McAlindon was carded for a late tackle outside his area but the subsequent free kick from Jamie Osborne ended over the bar. Almost immediately a slip from Gary Mulligan saw Osborne have a sight of goal but Mulligan recovered superbly to block the shot.
Osborne’s cross from the right caused problems for The Poppies back line with the ball being headed back across goal with no takers. The final action of the half saw Baker overrun the ball, having been in a good position and the ball was cleared.
Steve Kinniburgh replaced the injured Brighton at the start of the second half.
Elliot Sandy had the first chance within three minutes of the restart, but saw his left foot shot saved by Parsons. But it was Redditch who took the game to their hosts.
Over a five minute period, Liam McDonald's side pressed McAlindon's goal as Jamie Ashmore fired wide before Baker shot over the bar. The impressive Osborne crossed from the right only for Shearer to glance his header wide. Then another swift move down the left saw Shearer unable to find a finish from close range.
With the home crowd now very vocal, the hosts responded as Kinniburgh fired wide and Sandy lost control at the vital moment from Brown's good cross.
Andy Gooding and Justin Marsden replaced Will Grocott and Ritchie Danquah.
Redditch’s Jim Mutton couldn’t get his header on target from a corner and then Brown’s shot was saved by Parsons.
The Poppies finished the stronger of the two sides, The final quarter saw Williams fire across goal but wide. For the visitors, Osborne set up substitute Robbie Bunn and the shot ended up marginally wide.
There was a late chance for Williams and particularly Brett Solkhon but the midfielder's left foot drive somehow missed the target.
Late controversy followed as Kyle Haywes intercepted the ball to prevent Williams from shooting and the ball clearly was played out for a corner by his arm. Everyone saw it apart from the officials and the Redditch management admitted that they were very lucky not to concede a penalty.
A competitive game, as expected, for the newly formed Kettering team as they showed signs that they were beginning to gel.
Klondike Winning Number: 9338 and congratulations to winner, Wayne Gilham
BM Pallets Man of the Match: Jevani Brown