KETTERING TOWN 6 - 0 DUNSTABLE TOWN

TODAY’S MATCH SPONSOR: ESSITY IN BRIEF: Battling Dunstable were no match for their hosts today as the Poppies scored six goals without reply. Goals in the first half from Rene Howe and Tom Marshall were added to in the second period by Gary Stohrer,Howe with a second, and two goals in three minutes for Matty Stevens (one a penalty). Kettering even missed a first half penalty as when leading scorer, Aaron O’Connor fired wide. THE KETTERING SQUAD: Kalern Thomas kept Liam Bateman out of the starting line up. Tom Marshall replaced Brett Solkhon. Lindon Meikle started and Michael Richens was rested,but on the bench. THE TEAMS: Kettering Town: 1 Paul White 2 Kalern Thomas 3 Ben Toseland 16 Tom Marshall 5 Gary Mulligan (Captain) 14 Gary Stohrer (4 Brett Solkhon,87) 7 Lindon Meikle 8 Aaron O’Connor (18 Ibby Akanbi,62) 9 Rene Howe 10 Ben Milnes 11 Rhys Hoenes (15 Matthew Stevens,77) Unused Substitutes: 6 Michael Richens 12 Liam Bateman Yellow cards: Mulligan,40;O’Connor,51 DUNSTABLE TOWN: 1 Nick Hayes 2 Peter Kioso 3 Gedeon Okito 4 Alex Ward 5 Jon Sonuga (Captain) 6 Kieran Ogden 7 Eldon Maquemba (14 Ryan Young,58) 8 Ethan Lamptey (17 Jonny Barnett,68) 9 Charlie Black (15 Arel Amu,58) 10 Andrew Osei-Bonsu 11 Ty Ward Unused Substitutes: 12 Ben Collins 16 Daniel Trif Yellow Cards: Sonuga,38;Ward,51;Ogden,76 HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: Kettering were playing towards the Station Road end in the first half on a decent surface, which was heavy in places to start with. The first goal effort after 5 minutes saw Kettering’s Aaron O’Connor scoop the ball over the bar. Then Rene Howe got in on goal but the shot was deflected away for a corner. The Blues first effort- a direct free kick from Andrew Osei-Bonsu was well wide of goal. Kettering scored on 10 minutes. Rene Howe burst clear and rolled his low shot past Nick Hayes and in at the left upright. 7 minutes later Rhys Hoenes was away on the left, but Peter Kioso got in a great saving tackle. From the corner, Gary Mulligan’s header was flicked just wide by O’Connor. Paul White got his first real touch on 21 minutes as a low shot from Charlie Black was an easy pick up. Kettering continued the offensive with Gary Stohrer’s shot deflected to the keeper and Lindon Meikle’s great run down the right saw a disappointing cross go behind. Kettering forced a corner on 35 minutes as Howe’s cross from the left was well defended at the back post by Gedeon Okito. From the corner Kettering got a second goal. Ben Toseland’s cross was headed firmly into the net by Tom Marshall for his first Kettering goal. A couple of minutes later, Dunstable skipper, Jon Sonuga tripped Hoenes in the box and was yellow carded. O’Connor stepped up to send Hayes the wrong way- but placed the ball wide. Kettering’s penalty record this season is appalling! There was just time for Hayes to save an O’Connor shot before the break. Half Time: Kettering Town 2 - 0 Dunstable Town Kettering’s first effort of the half saw Stohrer’s shot cannon off one of his own players for a goal kick. There was a flare up a few minutes later involving a number of players resulting in yellow cards for O’Connor and Alex Ward. Within a couple of minutes Kettering scored a third. Toseland’s corner from the right was not cleared and a number of Kettering players went for the loose ball and Howe rammed in his second goal from a yard out. Visiting keeper Hayes was constantly in the game and he took Toseland’s cross in the 57th minute and then saved a Howe shot after a long throw-in. Hoenes’ effort on 68 minutes was rightly disallowed for an offside but on 70 minutes it was 4-0. Gary Stohrer’s first effort was blocked, but he showed good feet to ram home the rebound. Kettering could easily have had a second penalty as Hoenes was felled from the side on 73 minutes and again a few minutes later as Kalern Thomas was chopped down. Hayes made a great save on 78 minutes. Howe’s cross from the left was met by a bullet header from substitute, Matty Stevens and somehow Hayes got a touch to concede a corner. In the 82nd minute a break down the right by Dunstable saw Paul White make a sharp reaction save. Stevens was to feature in the last few minutes. Firstly he was fouled by the otherwise impressive Kioso and got up to score the resultant penalty (yes Kettering scored a penalty…!) and then on 88 minutes he netted a rebound after Marshall’s header had hit the bar. So a convincing win. Kettering now travel to St Neots on Boxing day (Please note 1pm kick-off)- and then face current league leaders Kings Lynn at home on New Years Day at 3pm. Full Time: Kettering Town 6 - 0 Dunstable Town Attendance: 540 Klondike (£160) unclaimed: Ticket number 21867 (phone 07770 473727 to claim) Elgoods Brewery Poppies Man of the Match selected by Sponsors, Essity: Rene Howe