Match Report - Cirencester Town
Kettering Town FC: 4
Rene Howe 00
Aaron O Connor 02
James Haran 19
James Brighton 21
Cirencester Town: 1
Dan Demkiv 26
Kettering Town FC: 6
James Haran 53
Mathew Barnes-Homer 64
Rene Howe > Mathew Barnes-Homer58
Aaron O Connor > Wilson Carvalho59
Gary Mulligan > Nathan Hicks67
Cirencester Town: 1
Will Hancox > Aidan Bennett54
IN A NUTSHELL:
The rain-drenched Cotswolds were turned to sunshine today for the 75 or so travelling Kettering fans as the Poppies thumped Cirencester Town 6-1today in another commanding away performance. Two goals in the first three minutes from Rene Howe and Aaron O’Connor set the tone and there were further first half goals from James Haran and James Brighton with home player Dan Demkiv pulling a goal back before the break. Second half goals from Haran and substitute Matthew Barnes-Homer sealed the win as the greatest threat to an away win was the worsening conditions, as the excellent pitch began to hold water near the end.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
The only change was that Jack Kelly was replaced by Dom Langdon. Kelly, carrying a sore ankle was on the bench though. Gary Mulligan played despite his gashed nose.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:
The rain was lashing down at the Corinium Stadium today as the Referee started the game a couple of minutes early. The Pitch was holding the water well though. It was a dramatic start. From the kick off, and within seconds, Rene Howe’s 20 yard shot saw Raajan Gill just get to the shot and palm over for a corner. From the set piece Howe headed goalwards and the ball flashed into goal hitting a defender on the way. With people still taking their seats after the early start it was 2-0 in barely 3 minutes. This time Liam Canavan’s good work on the left saw his low cross turned in by Aaron O’Connor- again taking a defender deflection. Soon Gill had to be alert again as he ran out to boot clear from the advancing Howe. New signing,Alan Griffin from Chippenham, brother of Manager Charlie, is always a handful and his turn and shot on 8 minutes was well held by Kettering keeper, Dean Snedker. Kettering were looking sharp though and playing some incisive football. Soon it was 3-0.Another corner on the left from Lewis Hornby was headed firmly in by James Haran. James Brighton was a livewire and his 20th minute shot was charged down. Not to be outdone though, he scored a couple of minutes later. Running through three defenders his shot rocketed in off the bar-again with the help of a deflection. Not long after the fifth kick-off, Kettering’s Aaron O’Connor had the chance to make it 5-0 as he ran intelligently onto a Howe pass- but Gill produced an excellent save. In fact Cirencester were next to score. Griffin glanced the ball off the top off his head on a cross from the right. The ball was into the path of Dan Demkiv- and still with plenty to do he guided his header in high off the right post giving Snedker no chance. This gave the Centurions hope and minutes later Griffin’s header from a corner was cleared off the line by Hornby. Then Hornby got clear on the right at the other end and his low cross could not find a Kettering player. From another home corner, skipper, Matt Liddiard headed wide, as Cirencester showed they were not giving up. In the 37th minute Kettering created another chance as O’Connor ran onto a long free kick – but Gill pulled off another good save. Howe then had the ball in the net but was ruled offside. Griffin headed wide from a home corner in the next minute- and it was a great chance. Kettering could then have scored again as Brighton’s cross from the left was met by O’Connor at the near post and, unchallenged, he got under the ball to head over the bar. Snedker made a routine save from Will Hancox and O’Connor for Kettering ended the half with Gill saving his low shot and he then put in a dangerous cross which was well cleared.
Half Time: Cirencester Town 1 - 4 Kettering Town
The Poppies were out early and as the game entered the 47th minute could have scored again. Howe collected an O’Connor cross and a great defensive block stopped a certain goal. Kettering forced two corners and, from the second, scored a fifth goal. Hornby’s corner from the left was again firmly headed in by Haran. Haran could have had a hat-trick of headers two minutes later, as, this time, he met Brighton’s corner with another firm attempt. This time the ball hit both crossbar and post and fell to the grateful Gill. Was it over the line? No goal line technology in this league! As the game reached the hour mark, the rain was heavier and there began to be a little bit of surface water, which created a bit of a scare for the Poppies as Snedker came out and completely missed the ball-but Haran was there to clear. Wilson Carvalho and Matthew Barnes- Homer came on for Howe and O’Connor after 59 minutes. Barnes-Homer stamped his mark on the game on 64 minutes as he met another corner from Brighton and planted his header firmly into the net to make it 6-1. The Poppies were looking for more as Cirencester looked tired and on 70 minutes Hornby’s driven cross from the right found Brett Solkhon at the far post- but his effort across goal was collected by Gill. Kettering should have had a penalty on 73 minutes as Carvalho was upended as he went clear – but the Referee took pity on the hosts. Two minutes later, Haran, making progress on the right, played in Brighton and only a slip on the wet pitch prevented a finish as the ball lobbed up at Gill. Snedker somehow saved a Demkiv pile-driver as the ball came off his fist to land just wide of goal. Griffin headed just past the post and then Kettering could the have had a 7th. Carvalho, drifting in from the left, hit a right foot curler which was on its way inside the far post before deflecting off Barnes-Homer, who could just not get out of the way. The scoreline speaks for itself and it’s onto Slough next week to play the team in second place in the league.
Full Time: Cirencester Town 1 - 6 Kettering Town
Attendance: 135 (Poppies fans estimated at 75)
Poppies Man of the Match: Whole squad
Cirencester Town 1 Raajan Gill 2 Kieran Diaz-Bentiez 3 Sindri Scheving 4 Jack Challis (12 James Mortimer-Jones,26) 5 Ben Brown 6 Henry Spalding 7 Matt Liddiard (Captain) 8 Adam Connolly 9 Alan Griffin 10 Dan Demkiv 11 Will Hancox (15 Aidan Bennett,53)
Subs unused: 14 Max Lloyd 16 Robbie James 17 Kalum Youngsam
Yellow card: Believed Brown,67 TBC – but not clear by the Referee
1 Dean Snedker 2 James Haran 3 Dom Langdon 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) 5 Paul Malone 6 Gary Mulligan (15 Nathan Hicks,67) 7 Lewis Hornby 8 Aaron O’Connor (12 Wilson Carvalho, 58) 9 Rene Howe (14 Matthew Barnes-Homer,58) 10 Liam Canavan 11 James Brighton
Subs Unused: 16 Jack Kelly 17 Paul White
Yellow cards: None