Match Report - Weymouth
Kettering Town FC: 0
Jevani Brown > Justin Marsden17
Kettering Town FC: 0
Courtney Baker-Richardson > Elliot Sandy63
Will Grocott > Nick Wright63
Stewart Yetton 46
Pat Baldwin > Ashley Wells57
Josh Grant > Chris McPhee67
Jordon Coop > Mark Molesley77
The last time The Poppies entertained The Terras was at Steel Park in the depth of winter in the 2012-13 season, when a frozen crowd of only 187 watched the visitors put Kettering to the sword with a 6-1 away win.
This time, a promoted Kettering Town was meeting one of last season’s leading teams, and despite valiant efforts from the embryonic Poppies team, Weymouth won the game 1-0 with last season’s leading league scorer, Stewart Yetton netting on 47 minutes.
Dubi Ogbonna served his one match ban after his red card at Poole, as Courtney Baker-Richardson kept his place and fit again James Brighton came in at left back. Making way were Steve Kinniburgh and Elliot Sandy who were nursing knocks.
Miles Smith, who signed from Histon on Friday, made his debut in place of Richard Bryan who also dropped to the bench, and Enol Ordonez, also ex Histon, made his debut in goal replacing Jamie McAlindon.
As forecasted, it was positively tropical afternoon at Latimer Park and a warm breeze was behind The Poppies as they kicked off towards The Morrisons End.
An early Weymouth cross from the left caused danger, but the ball drifted across the penalty area and away.
Jevani Brown soon found space on the right for Kettering and his left footed curler ended wide past the far post.
Kettering worked a great chance after nine minutes. Jevani Brown threaded a perfectly weighted ball through for Saul Williams, but the diminutive striker dragged his shot wide of the post with only keeper, and Weymouth player-manager, Jason Matthews to beat.
Weymouth then threatened as Jake Wannell set up Yetton - but the shot was wide.
The Poppies suffered a major blow on 18 minutes as Brown went down injured after pulling his hamstring, and was replaced by Justin Marsden.
It was fairly even in terms of possession and next to show was Weymouth’s Adam Kelly, who came in from the left - but shot wide.
Halfway through the opening period, Kettering’s Will Grocott tried a shot but that ended well wide as well.
James Brighton’s deep free kick saw Brett Solkhon’s header at the far post drift just wide before another Kettering free kick, this time from Miles Smith, saw Gary Mulligan head across goal, but no one could get that vital touch.
The Poppies were presenting some decent build up play but were up against an experienced defensive unit and penetration was difficult.
Coming up to the break, Justin Marsden saw his shot deflected to Matthews and Saul Williams fired tamely at the keeper. Enol Ordonez, who had only a couple of punches away from corners in the half, then took a dangerous low cross from Jordan Copp.
The last half chance of the half saw Courtney Baker- Richardson scuff a shot which fell to Williams, but he scooped the shot over the bar.
The second period soon saw Baker- Richardson see his low shot saved.
However, Weymouth’s star striker scored what was to be the winner just two minutes into the half. A cross from the right saw Yetton lose his marker and plant a firm header past the helpless Ordonez from 8 yards.
Kettering were rattled and after some loose defensive play, Copp fired over from a great position.
The Poppies got themselves together and were unlucky not to equalize in the 56th minute. Brighton’s corner was met by Brett Solkhon’s downward header and the ball thumped the base of the near post. Then Smith’s cross was spilled by Matthews and the ball was hastily scrambled away.
Kettering were now in the ascendancy and controlled the game for a good 15 minutes. Andy Gooding’s corner from the left went through a crowd of players which just needed a finish.
Yetton then pounced on a rare mistake from Dom Langdon but rolled his shot to Ordonez.
Marcus Law rolled the dice to make a double change as Elliot Sandy and Nick Wright replaced Baker-Richardson and Grocott on 63 minutes, as Kettering upped the pressure on the Weymouth defence.
Marsden set up Sandy but the strike’s right foot shot was too easy for Matthews.
Weymouth were pretty solid in their defending and The Poppies were finding it difficult to create clear chances. In fact Weymouth substitute, the experienced Mark Molesley, on came on for Copp almost scored with his first touch as his volley hit the angle of the bar.
Langdon was then in the right place to block another Molesley shot.
The final seconds saw Kettering throw everything at The Terras as Sandy did get the ball in the net but an Assistant’s flag for an offside prevented the score. The target man also got a yard to shoot but Matthews was out to deflect the ball, and it was cleared.
Finally Marsden’s shot was deflected wide by our own Nick Wright to sum up that today was not going be Kettering’s day!
Poppies Man of the Match: James Brighton
Klondike Winner: Nev Tingle won £125 with ticket number 9867