Match Report - Bideford
Kettering Town FC: 0
Liam Bateman > Perry Cotton57
Stephen Reed 06
Kettering Town FC: 7
James Brighton 49
Silvano Obeng 50
Silvano Obeng 58
Rene Howe 66
Ben Stephens 85
Wilson Carvalho 89
James Brighton 92
Silvano Obeng > David Popa61
Wilson Carvalho > Ben Baker75
Joe Barker > Charlie Joyce61
Dan Weston > George Dandridge76
Kelvin Fineboy > Eselelge Nelson89
IN A NUTSHELL:
It was, as they say, a game of two halves.
The first 45 minutes was a stalemate and the second period saw Kettering score seven goals! Kettering’s scorers were: James Brighton 2;Silvano Obeng 2:Rene Howe,Ben Baker and Ben Stephens. This result gives the Poppies a chance of reaching the play-offs if they win at Dorchester on Saturday- but their fate lies in other results.
Still without Paul Walker, Gary Mulligan and Spencer Weir-Daley, it was Dom Langdon who was now out with a gash just above the ankle and a few other players were carrying knocks. Ben Stephens started and Silvano Obeng replaced David Popa. Bideford also struggled with players unavailability for this 12 hour round trip.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:
Bideford looked quite sharp initially and forced the first corner. They got the ball in the net after just three minutes, but Jamie Chamberlain was deemed offside.
Kettering’s response was to see Brett Solkhon poke the ball over the bar, after a Liam Bateman free kick fell nicely for him.
It was end to end stuff and already relegated Bideford showed some nice passing as Stephen Reed fired wide with a left foot shot and then Kettering’s Silvano Obeng had a shot blocked, and a header saved after a good cross from Ben Stephens.
The next chance on 13 minutes, and a good one, fell for the impressively named, Kelvin Fyneboy, who put his left foot shot wide from an excellent position. However this was the last that was going to be seen of Bideford in the Kettering penalty area for 25 minutes or so.
The Poppies began to get into the game and Ben Stephens fired well wide after an interchange with Liam Canavan. Wilson Carvalho’s 18th minute low cross was taken by visiting keeper, Kyle Moore and Canavan fired wide.
Then came the clearest chance in the 25th minute as Stephens sent Brighton away on the left- but the shot was wide.
Herve Pepe-N’Goma also fired wide and Liam Bateman’s effort was saved by Moore.
Brett Solkhon’s 28th minute header was saved from Brighton’s corner, and although Kettering were having all the better efforts on goal, the killer punch was missing.
The impetus created by Kettering seemed to ebb away for a while as Bideford stuck to their task and even forced a corner in the 40th minute, which saw Jordan Story direct his header wide.
The Poppies seemed to be running out of ideas as Carvalho put a left foot shot wide and Bateman fired over with his left foot.
Kettering Town 0 - 0 Bideford
Perry Cotton replaced the limping Bateman and not many would have correctly forecast what was going to happen at the start of the second period.
It was to be totally dominated by Kettering.
Obeng shot wide on the turn in the second minute of the half and Bideford defender, Ben Wood, then made a great clearance in his own six yard box.
The resultant corner saw Herve Pepe-N’Goma’s effort cleared off the line.
Kettering then won a corner on the right and the first goal followed. Brighton’s in-swinger went straight in after taking a touch or two from the defenders.
In the next minute it was 2-0. Obeng showed a great turn onto his left foot, leaving the defender in his wake, and the left foot finish was clinical.
Just eight minutes later Obeng repeated his actions with another left foot finish to make it 3-0. The crowd came to life and a couple of minutes later it could have been 4-0 as Stephens’ cross was put away for a corner, and from this corner, Obeng was robbed of his hat-trick as a defender cleared his effort off the line.
It was,however, 4-0 in the 67th minute. Popa, on for the injured Obeng, was sent away by Carvalho. His shot came off Moore’s leg and Rene Howe was on hand to nod home.
Brighton fired badly over the bar and, on 70 minutes, Canavan got clear but Moore saved again with his legs.
Popa saw a shot deflected away, and from the corner,Canavan cleared the bar with his effort.
Kettering’s corners were now peppering the Bideford penalty area and they looked like scoring at any time. Pepe-N’goma saw his header deflected wide and now, on 77 minutes, Popa had a shot saved.
Into the final 10 minutes of normal time Kettering were still hungry for goals and Craig Hill was a spectator.
The fifth goal came in the 85th minute. Popa and Stephens combined and Stephens slotted the ball past Moore just inside the right post.
Kettering were far from finished and made it 6-0 on 88 minutes. Carvalho got a great cross in from the right and substitute Ben Baker converted.
In the second minute of added time the score was completed as Brighton’s left foot rocket sent the home fans away wondering…just wondering…..
Full Time: Kettering Town 7 - 0 Bideford
Poppies Man of the Match: Silvano Obeng
Klondike (£130) Number:7629; Winner: J. Hughes
Team Starting line-ups:
Kettering: Craig Hill;Liam Bateman (Perry Cotton 46);James Brighton;Brett Solkhon (Captain);Chris Carruthers;Herve Pepe-N’Goma;Wilson Carvalho;Liam Canavan (Ben Baker 75);Rene Howe; Silvano Obeng (David Popa,62);Ben Stephens
Subs Unused: Ben Bradshaw;Will Grocott.
Bideford: Kyle Moore;Kyle Egan;Ben Wood;Stephen Reed;Jordan Story;Kevin Squire (Captain);Billy Tucker;Dan Weston (George Dandridge,76);Kelvin Fyneboy (Eselelge Nelson,90);Jamie Chamberlain;Joe Barker (Charlie Joyce,62) Subs Unused: None.
Yellow cards: Kettering: None
Bideford: Reed,6 mins..