Kettering Town U19’s 1-0 West Ham United
The Poppies hammer a nail in West Ham United's progress
Foundation National League u19s Cup 3rd Round
KETTERING TOWN U19's - Line Up
- Jamie Sykes
- Ross Irvine (sub 15. Jones 76)
- Owen Turner
- Joe Massaro
- Connor Lightfoot
- Liam Honour
- Jerome Maramidzi (sub 14. Romain 61)
- Jack Norman
- Nathan Best
- Brooklyn Biddle
- Ross Eady (sub 14. Onyeneke 89)
- Jordan Romain
- Mitchell Onyeneke
- Kylan Jones
Kettering Town’s U19s marched on into the last 16 with a dominant display against an excellent West Ham United Foundation (photo above) side. West Ham’s U19s programme is widely renowned, being run alongside their scholars and first team at their superb training ground. It also contained ex Crystal Palace trainee Theo Offori who had already plundered 16 goals in division A this season, yet it was Kettering who displayed the best moments of quality throughout the game.
In the opening 30 minutes, Kettering created many opportunities in the final third with the impressive overlapping full back Owen Turner the main provider with some quality crosses whipped in the box, but no one could provide the finishing touch. Ross Eady came close twice dragging his shots wide and Joe Massaro missing from close range from a Turner corner. West Ham were dangerous on the counter attack with their star striker Offori constantly looking to spring the offside trap and Turner had to be alive to clear the ball off the line from a dangerous cross cum shot.
The second half was more of the same as Kettering continued to dominate possession and create chances. Eventually on 63 minutes Ross Eady was on hand with a smart finish from 18 yards out to give the poppies a deserved lead. Brooklyn Biddle then had a glorious chance to seal the win from 6 yards out a few minutes later but his timed shot was held by their goalkeeper. West Ham threw the kitchen sink at Kettering in the final 15 minutes and Jamie Sykes had to be alert to save from close range in the dying minutes of the tie yet the poppies stood firm to claim a super win.
Head of Academy, Luke Graham, was delighted with the progress of the U19s Elite side this season and was full of praise for his full time staff.
“Its another step in the right direction for our flourishing U19’s education programme and it’s great to see the hard work by both the players and staff over the last 2 years is starting to pay off with results on the pitch. There are some fantastic sides in the National League competition and we are now a good side ourselves. The Elite side are now 6 games unbeaten with 4 clean sheets with a group containing 75% of our first-year scholars which bodes well for the future. I have to give credit to Paul White whose infectious personality and passion for these lads has been there for all to see. Steve Kinniburgh who has had a real positive impact since joining us in July along with Sean Wilson (Head of Education) and our apprentice coach Callum Willimont. We really believe we give these lads everything we can on a daily basis with their education in life, work and football. The next draw will be tough but if we keep working hard on and off the pitch then we are capable of winning.”