Match Report - Paulton Rovers
Kettering Town FC: 1
Courtney Baker-Richardson 12
Liam Canavan 21
Paulton Rovers: 0
Kettering Town FC: 1
Saul Williams 66
Liam Canavan > Saul Williams62
James Brighton > Jevani Brown62
Elliot Sandy > Justin Marsden76
Paulton Rovers: 0
Jordan Ricketts 49
Ross Stanley 95
Cameron Brown 59
Dominic Thomas 72
Jordan Walker > Josh Morgan-Williams68
Jordan Ricketts > Jay Malpas68
Ben Bament > Ross Stanley78
A win away, no goals conceded and three points is a good outcome, but the result does not tell the whole story.
The Poppies controlled the first half and had the better chances in the second half, but could not add to Courtney Baker-Richardson’s 12th minute strike.
The Robins had two players sent off in the second half and, as Kettering squandered chances in front of goal, were denied an equaliser in the 95th minute as a ‘goal’ was ruled out for handball.
Other than Enol Ordonez replacing Jamie McAlindon in goal, it was the same team that started the game last Saturday. Danny Harmon replaced Miles Smith on the bench as the latter was selected for U-21 duty along with Dubi Ogbonna and Dom Langdon to help them get back to match fitness.
On a glorious day in the west country and on a good playing surface, Kettering started with a very high tempo taking the game to their hosts.
Paulton, however, had two early chances as Craig Allan's header went wide and then the unmarked Jordan Ricketts headed a cross from the left over the bar.
For Kettering, Elliot Sandy may have done better on the right as his left foot shot grazed the bar from an acute angle.
It was 1-0 to the visitors on 12 minutes. A deep cross from the right from Liam Canavan found Courtney Baker-Richardson on the left, in space, and his left foot shot beat Ben John to his left.
Five minutes later, Jordan Walker had space and time to shoot from 25 yards and his excellent strike hit the top of the bar. Shortly after Brett Solkhon made a good headed interception and Enol Ordonez held the loose ball.
It could have been 2-0 on 28 minutes as Elliot Sandy got clear on the right, but in trying to get the ball onto his left foot, the advancing John bravely smothered the ball at the striker’s feet.
Liam Canavan saw a shot saved while at the other end the dangerous Aaron Brown fired a free kick over the bar.
As the half came towards the 40th minute, The Poppies had a good spell of possession as Baker-Richardson got to a Will Grocott cross and headed narrowly wide with John beaten. Baker-Richardson then had a clear cut chance but fired straight at John, before the keeper took a cross from the second of two Kettering corners.
In added time. a Canavan pile-driver only just missed the target.
What happened in the second period belied the first half.
It became a lively game with Rovers working hard to get back on level terms but initially not being able to breach the solid away defence. In fact Grocott had the first chance as he turned but fired wide.
Ben Bament’s 55th minute free kick was wide of the right post and just five minutes later The Robins were reduced to 10 men. Cameron Brown’s tackle was deemed reckless and referee Kevin Morris issued a red card.
Kettering seemed as stunned as Paulton for the sending off and it was the home team who were taking control.
However, The Poppies broke and Baker-Richardson, on the left, had only John to beat - but fired straight at the keeper. Then almost immediately Brett Solkhon blocked a shot from Craig Allan.
The second red card came on 73 minutes as Dominic Thomas made a rash tackle and as the teams squared up to each other. Thomas was sent off and the referee asked to speak to the two captains to take the heat out of the situation.
Kettering had already brought on Jevani Brown and Saul Williams for Liam Canavan and a limping James Brighton, before introducing Justin Marsden for Elliot Sandy.
Marsden got clear in the 80th minute but his lob did not beat John, who saved easily.
Paulton’s nine men were giving it everything as they introduced three substitutes to try valiantly to get forward. In fact substitute Ross Staley crafted a sight of goal but his left foot shot was well over.
However, the hosts were leaving gaps and Saul Williams had a good shooting chance, but his shot sailed out the ground. Jevani Brown also had a great chance but fired straight at John.
With three minutes of normal time to go, and after a corner, Marsden got free and John made another good save. Then Williams fired wide before he raced clear on the left but another shot was blocked.
In the 5th minute of added time, Staley had the ball in the net for The Robins only to be denied by the Assistant’s flag for a handball.
Attendance: 222 (Poppies Fans: Estimated 75)
Poppies Man of the Match: Brett Solkhon